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Dolphins must get up in Phillip Rivers' grill

You want a defense that quarterbacks fear? You want a defense that gets off the field on third down? You want a defense that can make up for some deficiencies in the secondary?

Then you want a defense that rushes, hurries, sacks, hits, or torments the quarterback.

The Dolphins need that type of defense Sunday at San Diego. The Dolphins need to put Phillip Rivers on his behind otherwise, as the commercial says, he might go all Phillip Rivers on Miami.

What I'm saying is the Dolphins need to improve their pass rush. And they must do it by any means necessary which might include doing that which the team doesn't like to do much -- blitz.

The Dolphins are not a good blitzing team. Let's face it, Neither Akin Ayodele nor Channing Crowder are great blitzers. Crowder has 1.5 career sacks. Ayodele has 9.5 career sacks in eight years but none since 2006.

Miami's most efficient blitz last year was the cornerback blitz by Nathan Jones, believe it or not.

And yet it is clear that Miami needs to find some way to get some pressure, certainly more pressure than it did against Indianapolis.

“I think that against Atlanta, I think we hit the quarterback about ten times in that game, maybe a few more -- 8, 10, 12 times we hit the quarterback, and I think [Phillip] Merling had a sack, Jason [Taylor] had a sack," coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday. "This game this week, I’d say we hit the quarterback half of those times, probably about five times if I’m correct, maybe even four times we had quarterback hits in this game.

"So, not enough pressure this past week which is not – well, you guys asked me last week about sacking that quarterback, and that’s not, that’s not an easy thing to do. Those guys don’t give them up many times, and he [Peyton Manning] gets the ball out pretty quick. So I would say from a pressure standpoint we’re always looking for more on the quarterback at least, and we’d like to get it in a way that we don’t have to generate it.”

By "generate" pressure, Sparano means blitzing. But when the pressure isn't coming with the four rushers, you have to try something else.

Look for the Dolphins to do that Sunday, or at least be ready to do that if they can't generate the pressure they want on Rivers with their four-man rush. The team, as I have suggested, is also working toward bringing pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake to the game.

But he's been hindered, and inactive, by the fact he isn't good enough to contribute on special teams yet.

"It’s not anything other than that," Sparano said. "It’s, to be honest with you, we were hoping to get him to a point special teams-wise where he could be a little more familiar with some of the techniques and things that we were asking him to do that way.

"We will get him there, and I think he’s close to that point, been getting better and better and we’ve been repping him – we’ve been preparing Cameron every week, the first two weeks, like he’s playing in the game. So, he’s putting in reps, doing those jobs so that he can be more familiar that way. The other thing I would say is playing his position against the run. It isn’t pass rush with him, it’s playing his position against the run. The things that Jason [Taylor] did, he will do faster than Cameron, in other words, learning the fundamentals of that position.

"And again, were preparing him during the week like he’s playing, so he’s getting more and more of those reps too.”

The Dolphins are blessed this week in that San Diego's offensive line is in shambles. Center Nick Hardwick is out because of an ankle injury. Guard Kris Dielman (illness), offensive tackle Marcus McNeil (illness), and guard Louis Vasquez (knee) did not practice at all Wednesday.

But the Dolphins cannot rely merely on injuries to save their pass rush bacon. The Dolphins need both Jason Taylor and Joey Porter to bring their A-games Sunday. They need Phillip Merling to play like he did against Atlanta. They need Jason Ferguson to continue playing as he has, which is quite good. And they need Kendall Langford and Randy Starks to show up for the first time this regular season.

Helloooo ... The season has begun, guys.

Failing that, this team faces a quarterback that threw for 436 yards last week against Baltimore's special defense. Imagine what he might do to Miami if he's not somehow rushed, hurried, and otherwise made to feel uncomfortable?

It's a must.

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Totally agree Mando...it's going to be a long afternoon otherwise.

FORGET THE DEFENSE...we need to find us a QB ASAP! after watching 10 years of this ball control, no mistake, dink and dunk offense I saw it worked to perfection versus Indy. yet we came up just a bit short. we will always to just below good enough with this approach. you must have a game changer, elite QB, with your solid D and running game...

begin the QB search...day 3,680 of the deep passing game held hostage...

Damn U Scam Cameron

I agree with the Ted Ginn folding issue. Sometimes you have to man up but if I was a 180 lb reciever in the NFL I would be scared too. U Get paid millions Ginny, U have to man up or move out. Tuna probably already told u that this week. BTW if I was an NFL reciever I would be scared too. Remember when Anquan got his faced smashed? THe NFL is nothing to play with, but Ginn has to get some nads man. Aquan Boldin got his face smashed like in a car wreck. Still I never see Ricky Williams back down from a hit, for a stoner he is a machine.

Damn U Scam Cameron

I agree with the Ted Ginn folding issue. Sometimes you have to man up but if I was 180lbs reciever in the NFL I would be scared too. U Get paid Millions Ginny, U have to man up or move out. Tuna probably already told u that this week. BTW if I was an NFL reciever I would be scared too. Remember when Anquan got his faced smashed? THe NFL is nothing to play with, but Ginn get some nads man. Aquan line below if this room allows it. Boldins got his face smashed like in a car wreck. Still I never see Ricky Williams back down from a hit, for a stoner he is a machine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9RfJwSkMU8

The offense that we played last week will win games probably 90% of the time. If we had gotten a single turnover during that game... if the coaches had done a better job and kept Indy from getting out of bounds with two seconds on the clock and managed personel better to avoid the 12 man penalty that kept an Indy drive alive... if Sparano had managed the clock better at the end of the game (the poor call on first down/sending in the wrong players for the play forcing Chad to call time out)... if there had been more than one QB pressure/sack in the game... any of those and Miami walks away with a win.

Seems to me that there is no pass rush because the oline doesn't mix it up. There are no stunts and everyone plays in their lanes. JP got a sack by lining up a bit further outside. to get sacks it requires great individual effort or plays that create 2 on 1 on a weaker opponent.
We don't do enough of either.
Once again though if the secondary is going to allow 75 yard plays regularily, it is impossible to hit the qb.
This just in. G Wilson ripped off by 80 year old homeless guy. Wilson was quoted as saying " I was getting in a lineup to get some cotton candy and he just took my wallet and ran". He looked like he was going pretty fast, so I got right on my cell phone and dialed for help"
Coach Sparano defended Wilson by stating that we are working on getting him the right angles to catch people."

Stop blaming Pennington....my goodness. It is just being a lazy fan to continue to hammer the guy

YO NO GOOD TRUE FANS MUST GO.
PHINS BE OK, give chad p a chance, run ricky
? for yous, lay off BJ what happeend to Wake and Fasano?? No more talking fromyou

Bootries, amen to your comment. Ricky proved a lot of people wrong, including me!

It's not lazy to blame Pennington. He clearly holds the offense back becuase there are certain things the offense can't do, such as throw the ball more than 15 yards down the field. How many open guys doea he miss on every pass play. How many check down dumo off passes can he throw? That why his completion percentage is so high. Not because of his accuracy. You guys need to watch him. Sometimes I think people give him a pass because he's white. He holding back the passing game and that's a fact.

"But he's been hindered, and inactive, by the fact he isn't good enough to contribute on special teams yet."

How can they use the excuse that Wake is not ready to play bc he sucks at special teams? Special teams suck already, it cant get worse by putting him in.

It seems to me that the coaching is way too conservative...no chances, vanilla play calling, play for 3, etc...

And I still think that Penne can't throw. Watch the highlights of the other games and you'll get QB-envy. Man those balls come out sharp-even from that rookie Sanchez.

HOW QUICK SOME FANS FORGET, CHAD AND THE TEAM WON THE DIVISION LAST YEAR"REMEMBER?" THAT BEING SAID LEAVE THE OFFENSE ALONE, THE DEFENSE HAS TO ANSWER FOR SOME MISTAKES, TED GINN HAS TO ANSWER FOR HIS PERFORMANCE ALSO(11 CATCHES), AND HE HAS TO ANSWER FOR THE "BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY". MANDO I READ ALL OF THE DOLPHINS NEWS, YOUR ARTICLES ARE THE ONES I LOOK FORWARD TO READING SO I DO BELIEVE YOU WILL INVESTIGATE AND ANSWER THIS. AT OHIO STATE, T GINN WAS GOOD, HE WASN'T AFRAID, AS I KEEP HEARING ON HERE. I KNOW THAT THIS IS A LOADED QUESTION BUT HERE GOES, "IS IT POSSIBLE, THAT IN TED GINNS FIRST YEAR" WHEN HE SAW OUR QUATERBACK CARRIED OFF OF THE FIELD, THAT SOMETHING SNAPPED IN HIS MIND, HE BECAME SCARED MENTALLY , HE IS A STRONG INDIVIDUAL AND SOMETIMES HE OVERCOMES THAT PROBLEM AND OTHER TIMES HIS MIND CONVINCES HIS BODY. I KNOW THAT I AM GOING TO TAKE ALOT OF HEAT FOR THIS ONE, BUT COULD IT BE POSSIBLE, THAT EVEN HE ISN'T AWARE OF THE PROBLEM, IT IS JUST ETCHED IN HIS MIND AND THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP HIM, RATHER THAN ACCUSE HIM OF ALL OF THE NONSENSE PEOPLE SPOUT ABOUT HIM........
LETS FACE IT NONE OF US ON THIS BOARD CAN GET OUT ON THAT FIELD AND PLAY FOOTBALL. BUT DO WE NOT OWE IT TO OUR TEAM, TO STAND BEHIND THEM AND BELIEVE IN THIER ABILITIES. TEDD GINN IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE ........... " GO PHINS"
REMEMBER PEOPLE, JUST A QUESTION. NOT LOOKING FOR ANY ARGUMENTS.................

We need to start forcing some turnovers. Check the stats you do not win many games without getting some turnovers. Last year that was a difference maker for the Phins.

Show up or shut up this weekend for the fins; that is what has to happen. This game will define their season!

All the talk about how we need an elite QB brings a memory to my mind. The SB winning Ravens had Trent Dillefer as their elite QB. The Fins on their best season had Earl Morral running the O for much of the year. Football is the ultimate team sport and it can be won without any special skill players if the team has solid players in all positions, the lines being the most important.

AGREE WIT U FD.

The way I see it there's one ball and if you throw it to ginn 5 times he make 5 catches and gets 55-60 yards. you toss it to him 11 times you get over a 100. WE need some one to give us some yards after the catch.

BUT AGAIN THIS IS ONLY YEAR 2.

WE WAITED THIS LONG JUST HOLD ON A LITTLE WHILE LONGER.

You want a defense that quarterbacks fear?
Yes.
You want a defense that gets off the field on third down?
Check.

You want a defense that can make up for some deficiencies in the secondary?
Wow .. yes, I am interested... tell me more!

Then you want a defense that rushes, hurries, sacks, hits, or torments the quarterback.
Yes, put me down for one of those.

I am also interested in Phillip River's grill. I know Manny Ramirez sold his bbq grill on ebay last year and it was on espn... I'd like to do something low key so if you can just tell him I am interested that would be good.

Bonus tweet: Those groolers look like the bomb!

Pressure won't matter. Unless Bell and Wilson get about 200% better this week were gonna get destroyed.

Bell, Wilson, Akin A, and Clam Chowder need to play 200% better. Or were toast. Pressure or not.

Whoa dudes ... I like when people write in all caps ... that lets me know that they are an authority and really know what they are talking about.


I really tied one on last night and I am just draggin today. Plus there is that meeting on TPS reports. Mike in Houston... I agree.. its going to be a long afternoon .. and its only Thursday. I'm w/ Armando but I say cut to the chase and hit Phillip Rivers in the grill today.

Ted Ginn would be the perfect 2nd reciever. We need a surehanded reciever as a number 1. Camarillo and Pennington must be at odds because Camarillo has only 2 catches this season....wierd. Anyways back to the actual topic pass rush wasn't bad in Game 1 but we need to bring it on every game not just games against players with not so good recievers. And we might as well blitz our whole front 7 and or play nickel zone defense and have all our linemen and linebackers blitz because they OBVIOUSLY can't play pass coverage against anyone.Since one assistant coach came up with something new for the offense(WILDCAT). Maybe some one should come up with something new for the defense. Did anyone notice that P. Manning got confused when we had one d-lineman in the game and everyone else standing up? Maybe we should start doing that some more...Hmmm...

Matter of fact ARMANDO ask my boy Tony if they actually had plans to confuse Manning with that D or were they just "seeing how the offense looks when they are in that defense". You know, that whole Pat White experiment B/S

We need a play maker in the middle. Why not give Wake a look at inside linebacker?

Desperate time requires desperate measures.

During preseason, we got constant pressure from Charlie Anderson, Moses and Wake..

We need to bring the whole house on Sunday.

Put Anderson in the game, Wake, Moses anything necessary to prevent a TD in 10 seconds..

Stop blaming Pennington....my goodness. It is just being a lazy fan to continue to hammer the guy...WHAT? LAZY/Get real.....Line up change needed...
Henne - Wake - Moses? Drop Ginn for a game and make Bess the go to guy and start throwing it to Cam and Hartline as well!
That ain't lazy talk, it's straight talk! Now who has my stapler?

Shawn, are you serious. You think our problem is quarterback? And I'm no Ginn lover, but he didn't lose the game for use. He had a chance to WIN it for us and didn't though.

Bottom line is that Wilson, Bell, Akin A, and Clam Chowder all need to get about 200% better or were done.

"Start Henne, Wake, Moses..That's just straight talk"..no that's just stupid talk and that's all it is..Teams, players, coaches all need time to make adjustments and gel as units...mass substitutions after two games into the season makes ZERO sense...Luckily for the Dolphins they have Parcells and Company running the team, not the hysterical acting little girls on this blog...Building a GREAT team is a process best done by the experts, and no one on here, me included is that expert...so stop getting your little panties all in a bunch and let the man, who has actually built great teams LONG TERM who win year after year do his job...and stop whining about what brought us into this mess in the first place, trading draft picks for old, loser free agents and replacing players in a panic. Because guess what, no one in the Dolphins either cares nor is going to do what anyone on this blog wants...

kindry, Wilson joke was funny. You're right about Pasqualoni's blitz or lack of it. The QB would have to be blind not to see what's coming.

One other thing, JT said last week he is not comfortable standing up. Add that to he's playing out of position...wtf?

I like Penne and I think he will be a good coach one day, but he either can't throw deep or the coach won't let him...

Maybe it's early to start Henne, but we don't start winning, they should play him, so we can tell if he's a dud or stud.

BTW, Tailgate Tested! Tailgate Approved! and go get so more flair.

Justin the dope is the same person as FD, what a dope

Last year we:

Blitzed a CB off the corner

Threw a lot to Camarillo

Had a TE who could catch and stretch the field and get YAC (D. Martin)

Had better play at both safety positions

Had Vonnie Holliday

Had Matt Roth (who played, arguably, better than JT is currently playing)

Had a more fired up JP (NFL won't allow trash talking - can he play without it?)

A daring coach who would take a chance on 4th downs, and go for TDs instead of FGs.

This year: None of that.

Improvements:

O-Line is better (and I thought the Grove acquisition was a mistake - I was wrong)

Running game/Wildcat continue to impress and work. Quit calling it a gimmick.

CBs (Sean Smith is already close to Goody and has far more potential)

Disappointments:

CP continues to hamstring the offense with his weak arm (but would there be anyone who could make a difference anyway - can Ginn catch a long ball? No idea. Can't catch a critical moment ball for sure, but never seen one thrown long to him).

Coaching is nowhere near as good as last year. Do they even have a 2-minute drill? Anything resembling a no-huddle? Clock management anyone? Balls (as in testicles), anyone? Where's the let it all hang out, take chances, use everything we've got attitude?

Player utilization has been really lacking. Read: Get Camarillo the damn ball!

TEs - Can't catch (we MUST re-sign David Martin when he's healthy).

Defending TEs - what's up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys.

Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn't enough and it's not working.

ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable.

Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

Where's the TEAM fire? O-Line, running backs, Camarillo and Bess have it. Some don't have it: ILBs, Wilson, Ginn, Coach Henning, Coach Sparano, Pennington - don't give me anything on that, he is nowhere near as pumped as last year; maybe he thought he'd have a new contract by now. He looks like his puppy ran away.


If they don't work on some of this stuff, the team will fall apart like they did with Cam. And this rebuild will be toast. It's up to Sparano to step up, stop making excuses, stop failing forward and GD well be a man and demand it of everyone on this team!

We need to play like the Jets played New England last week. They were in Brady's face every play. But you don't do that just with your LB's. You need to Blitz just about every play.

So my hatred for the jets has forced me to do some research...Revis vs. Sean Smith.

Smith is obviously the rookie, while Revis is in his 3rd year. Through 2 games, and much hype for Revis:

Smith vs. Roddy White (not sure if he covered him all game but that's too much research..I expect Armando to pick up that portion).

R. White 5 catches 42 yards 0 TD's (2008 88 and 1382 7 TD's).

Smith vs. R. Wayne

3 catches 37 yards 0 TD's (2008 82 and 1145 6 TD's)

Revis vs. A. Johnson 4 catches 35 yards 0 TD's (2008 115 and 1575 8 TD's)

Revis vs. R. Moss 4 catches 24 yards and 0 TD's (2008 60 and 1008 11 TD's)

Although not much great about the Fins thus far this year, not bad for our rookie. I expect him to do the same to Vincent Jackson Sunday, but I'm sure our COACHES will find a way to blow this one.

Here's hoping we right this ship on Sunday (why I still have hope I will never understand)

Go FINS!

I think it's going to be interesting to see how many of these fake @$$, bandwagon fans will show up at the next home game. True fans will support this team regardless of the outcome and will go with the hand that was dealt to them. Enough complaining and pointing figures! For years that is all that has been done around here. Find a scheme that works, stick with it, and let the season play itself out. Go Dolphins!!!!!

Can anyone explain why we are using Jason Taylor as a LOLB? I can't figure out why they would do this knowing that he isn't as good off the left side of the ball. Didn't we learn this already when the Dolphins tried a few years ago and then when the Redskins tried it last year? Am I wrong on this anyone? Why not use him as the RE where he harrassed qbs for years and went to many probowls? He has even said he's not as good in the two point stance so why not let him get a hand on the ground. He's not doing anything on the left side so the whole Porter Taylor coming from both sides theory is lame. Just put them both on the right side, overload that weak side and see what happens.

I'm surprised to say that the real failure in the last game was the coaching staff, specifically defensive backfield formations and assignments. The last 2 games we have played 2 great receiving tight ends, and the game plan calls for covering them as if they were blocking tight ends. If our safeties cannot cover them--and these are elite all-pro TE's--then the coaches have to come up with another coverage. The SD game will see if they have grasped that yet.

The last TD was a complete failure by the coaching staff. The defensive formation was absolutely insane. ANY QB in the league could have taken it for an easy 6. I knew it was going to be a TD before the ball was snapped, and the guy I was watching with said the same thing--before the ball was snapped. The only conclusion I've been able to come to was that it was an all-or-nothing gamble: either sack Manning or give them the TD so we have time to come back, except that the ineptitude of our last drive precluded that theory.

Let's say our defense is as good as B'mores and we hold the Chargers to 26.
How the fock are we going to score 27 points?

By the way exactly what is it that qualifies Sparano to he an NFL head coach anyway?

Probably the fact that he is an NFL head coach.

If our offense cannot produce at the level of the average NFL team from the pro set we need to change the personnel not change the set.
Our pro set producion is the worst in the NFL. The wildcard makes all look like homo's.

The Wildcat is Back Door Football

If we were a baseball team we'd have 4 knuckleballers in the rotation.

Pricemaster is fillibustering.

Replace Crowder with Torbor
Replace Wilson with Jason Alan - at least JA can tackle
Replace Pennington with Henne - Chad P just won't throw downfiled

If your gonna put Pat White in there let him throw the damn ball - sending him in to hand off is just a drive killer.

The reason the wildcat works for the Fins is Ronnie Brown. He is a heck of a ball handler and decision maker.

Comments removed? Hmph. Must've used a bad word.

3rd try:

Last year we: Blitzed a CB off the corner. Threw a lot to Camarillo. Had a TE who could catch and stretch the field and get YAC (D. Martin). Had better play at both safety positions. Had Vonnie Holliday. Had Matt Roth (who played, arguably, better than JT is currently playing). Had a more fired up JP (NFL won’t allow trash talking - can he play without it?). Had a more fired up Chad P.. Had a daring coach who would take a chance on 4th downs, and go for TDs instead of FGs.

This year: None of that.

Improvements: O-Line is better (and I thought the Grove acquisition was a mistake - I was wrong). Running game/Wildcat continue to impress and work. Quit calling it a gimmick. CBs (Sean Smith is already close to Goody and has far more potential)

Disappointments: CP continues to hamstring the offense with his weak arm (but would there be anyone who could make a difference anyway - can Ginn catch a long ball? No idea. Can’t catch a critical moment ball for sure, but never seen one thrown long to him). Coaching is nowhere near as good as last year. Do they even have a 2-minute drill? Anything resembling a no-huddle? Clock management anyone? Balls (as in testicles), anyone? Where’s the let it all hang out, take chances, use everything we’ve got attitude? Player utilization has been really lacking. Read: Get Camarillo the ball! TEs - Can’t catch (we MUST re-sign David Martin when he’s healthy). Defending TEs - what’s up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys. Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn’t enough and it’s not working. ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable. Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

Where’s the TEAM fire? O-Line, running backs, Camarillo and Bess have it. Some don’t have it: ILBs, Wilson, Ginn, Coach Henning, Coach Sparano, Pennington - don’t give me anything on that, he is nowhere near as pumped as last year; maybe he thought he’d have a new contract by now. He looks like his puppy ran away.

If they don’t work on some of this stuff, the team will fall apart like they did with Cam. And this rebuild will be toast. It’s up to Sparano to step up, stop making excuses, stop failing forward, be a man and demand it of everyone on this team!

WTF. I hate this blog. I can't post. Tried four times. Didn't swear or anything.

Last year we:

Blitzed a CB off the corner

Threw a lot to Camarillo

Had a TE who could catch and stretch the field and get YAC (D. Martin)

Had better play at both safety positions

Had Vonnie Holliday

Had Matt Roth (who played, arguably, better than JT is currently playing)

Had a more fired up JP (NFL won’t allow trash talking - can he play without it?)

Had a more fired up Chad P.

A daring coach who would take a chance on 4th downs, and go for TDs instead of FGs.

This year: None of that.

Improvements:

O-Line is better (and I thought the Grove acquisition was a mistake - I was wrong)

Running game/Wildcat continue to impress and work. Quit calling it a gimmick.

CBs (Sean Smith is already close to Goody and has far more potential)

Disappointments:

CP continues to hamstring the offense with his weak arm (but would there be anyone who could make a difference anyway - can Ginn catch a long ball? No idea. Can’t catch a critical moment ball for sure, but never seen one thrown long to him).

Coaching is nowhere near as good as last year. Do they even have a 2-minute drill? Anything resembling a no-huddle? Clock management anyone? Balls (as in testicles), anyone? Where’s the let it all hang out, take chances, use everything we’ve got attitude?

Player utilization has been really lacking. Read: Get Camarillo the darn ball!

TEs - Can’t catch (we MUST re-sign David Martin when he’s healthy).

Defending TEs - what’s up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys.

Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn’t enough and it’s not working.

ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable.

Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

Improvements:

O-Line is better (and I thought the Grove acquisition was a mistake - I was wrong)

Running game/Wildcat continue to impress and work. Quit calling it a gimmick.

CBs (Sean Smith is already close to Goody and has far more potential)

Disappointments:

CP continues to hamstring the offense with his weak arm (but would there be anyone who could make a difference anyway - can Ginn catch a long ball? No idea. Can’t catch a critical moment ball for sure, but never seen one thrown long to him).

Coaching is nowhere near as good as last year. Do they even have a 2-minute drill? Anything resembling a no-huddle? Clock management anyone? Balls (as in testicles), anyone? Where’s the let it all hang out, take chances, use everything we’ve got attitude?

Player utilization has been really lacking. Read: Get Camarillo the damn ball!

TEs - Can’t catch (we MUST re-sign David Martin when he’s healthy).

Defending TEs - what’s up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys.

Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn’t enough and it’s not working.

ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable.

Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

Disappointments:

CP continues to hamstring the offense with his weak arm (but would there be anyone who could make a difference anyway - can Ginn catch a long ball? No idea. Can’t catch a critical moment ball for sure, but never seen one thrown long to him).

Coaching is nowhere near as good as last year. Do they even have a 2-minute drill? Anything resembling a no-huddle? Clock management anyone? Balls (as in testicles), anyone? Where’s the let it all hang out, take chances, use everything we’ve got attitude?

Player utilization has been really lacking. Read: Get Camarillo the damn ball!

TEs - Can’t catch (we MUST re-sign David Martin when he’s healthy).

Defending TEs - what’s up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys.

Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn’t enough and it’s not working.

ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable.

Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

More disappointments:

Defending TEs - what’s up with these LBs and Safeties? Pathetic. Slow, quaalude-taking, lazy-boy sitting, rich boys.

Getting to the QB - not happening despite the shine Sparano tries to put on it. Screw the numbers he is pulling out of his azz, it isn’t enough and it’s not working.

ZERO positive turnovers. ZERO. No fumbles forced/recovered, no INTs. Unforgivable.

Cam Cameron. Oh, I mean, Tony Sparano.

Tweet: Eatin a Gyro. G-Damn feta cheese is salty!

last year the dolphins were way lucky.this year every team is improving big time but the dolphins who got too cocky .just read idiot fans like nj phin fan talking in pre season and you see that there's no enough knowledege of the game among most fans .

Did anyone see phillip rovers numbers against Baltimore and think he would have less against us? If u did u haven't been watching. We have the worst safeties in the game. It's time to bring henne in and level the playing field.

" Put cameron wake at ILB " . The stupidity on this blog never suprises me anymore. LOL !

OK, It's generally agreed (by me, at least) that the defense lost the game for us Monday night. But they were playing against one of the smartest QBs ever to lace it up. P Manning loves blitzes, just like Marino did, because that mean's single coverage on the ends and open RBs and TEs over the middle. Currently we don't have the personnel to cover in that situation. So we played scared. And for good reason.

Ginn is in the 3rd year of his contract and seems unwilling or unable to fight for the ball or YAK. "If the dog don't bite as a pup..."

Now to the QB situation. Penny is the best QB we've had since Marino and is one of the smartest QBs in the league. One of his best qualities is knowing his limitations and that of his teammates. That, and obviously not his natural athletic ability account for his accuracy stats. In most situations that will be enough.

But, that being said, he's hurting us with his failure to get "chunk yards" in the passing game. His midrange ball has too much arc to it allowing DBs and LBs in coverage to get a jump on it. Our receivers aren't good enough to run timing routes - they need to get the ball quick.

I love CP's game but I'm old enough to remember Bernie Kosar in a Fins uniform and don't want to live though it again. And I'm not even talking about the deep ball!

The big problem On D , besides pressure , is miami has forced O f'n turnovers. Miami has to apply pressure up the middle from the dl and the ilb blitz . Ryan and manning were stepping up in the pocket and making completions to easily.

Fellas,
If there is one thing I learned as a coach its that we have to stick together. Can we limit the incendiary remarks? We need to be a cohesive unit. And lets keep the comments strictly to football matters such as this game film I studied heavily in my year of coaching for instance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQev3UoGp2M

I've come to the following realization:

Parcells is leaving at end of season. If Henne does not pan out, the decision to draft Ryan was a huge mistake, and a mistake that is only compounded by Jake Long being revealed as a slightly-above-average LT.

Look CLOSELY at the Colt game---Jake need help time & again---a No1. highest paid LT should not need so much help--esp. since this weakens the Fins at other points of attack.

Then, to make matters worse, the Jets are rising, and may well supplant the Pats as the cream of the AFC East for the next decade.

We are truly screwed.

I don't understand how come no one else sees the darkness ahead.

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