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Sparano agrees Dolphins offense has no star

I spent much of the day Thursday trying my best to explain some aspects of the Miami offense that troubled me. Then, after offensive coordinator Dan Henning addressed some of those issues, I shared with you his perspective.

Now let us get beyond all the philosophical disagreements about whether guys are being used correctly or not and get down to the bottom line. Let's get to the crack that breaks open the nut.

The Dolphins need more playmakers. And it would be nice in adding more playmakers if they could uncover even one star, a legitimate game-changer.

Because they do not have that yet.

Don't get me wrong, Miami's offense has good players. But it lacks a star playmaker. And even coach Tony Sparano is admitting that.

“We have said it before, there is no real star in this bunch of guys," Sparano said Thursday. "It has kind of been done by committee here. Certainly Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Chad Pennington, big names in this league for obvious reasons. We kind of do things by committee a little bit and some of the people here that aren’t out here every down have big parts in this thing, too.

"[Patrick] Cobbs, [Davone Bess], those people are major contributors to what we do on that side of the football. [Brian] Hartline and his 25 plays. So whoever has the hot hand is kind of the guy we will try to find ways to get the ball to.”

The rebuilding of the Dolphins offense, done last year and during this offseason, concentrated on the offensive line. That's where Miami put its money. And that starting unit is set -- it better be because it's costing $156 million. But the Dolphins are not finished retooling at wide receiver, at quarterback, at tight end, and perhaps not at running back, either.

As former Giants QB and current CBS analyst Phil Simms said on the Sid Rosenberg Show on 560-WQAM Thursday, "they need more guys," before adding, "they're still not there."

The Dolphins weren't there last year, either, but somehow made it work during the regular season. We'll see if this group can make it work the rest of this regular season, even as skeptics are saying they will not.

What skeptics, you ask? This is what ESPN analyst Merril Hoge tweeted about Miami's offense Thursday after breaking down the Atlanta gametape: "I'm afraid that Miami O will really struggle this year it appears that all explosive plays must come from a gadget play like [Wildcat]."

The point here is not whether you agree or disagree. I think a majority of you will agree the Dolphins have good players at WR, RB, QB and TE, but also concede there is no star in the bunch.

The question is have the Dolphins had enough time to find a star playmaker or one likely to become that? And have they maximized their time in accomplishing the goal?

Before you answer, I remind you Atlanta was also a franchise in shambles after 2007 and has risen back to respectability every bit as quickly as Miami.

And it can be argued the Falcons have risen higher.

In the same rebuilding time, the Falcons added a superstar tight end in Tony Gonzalez, a running back that gained 1,699 yards and scored 17 TDs last year in Michael Turner, and quarterback Matt Ryan, who is in the early stages of looking like a star for years to come.

I'm not saying Atlanta's approach to adding stars to the offense will prove wiser in the long-term than Miami's. But the approach has definitely been different. And, in the early stages, it has been more productive.

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Folks, I want to tell you I enjoyed the exchange and debate on here yesterday and encourage you to continue posting your opinions in your own colorful ways, regardless of whether you agree with me or not.

But I will not allow anyone to take liberties. So if your post includes personal insults or casts personal aspersions on me or other posters, I WILL DELETE IT.

And if it becomes chronic, I'll simply ban your ... I'll ban you.

So please be passionate, but also civil.

Sounds good. And you, please stop posting filler write-ups...

I disagree somewhat. I think Ronnie has star potential, and it would show if he had 20-25 carries a game. That being said, with Chad Pennington at qb, who I respect, the offense will never open up due to his lack of deep ball potential. Every play is like a play in the red zone because they never go for more than 20-25 yards. And we all know it's hardest to move the ball in the red zone. With a strong armed qb (possibly Henne) Ted Ginn may flourish as a #1 wr and then the offense will open up and these discussions, hopefully, will no longer be necessary.

Mando, I totally agree with you. There's no superstar in the entire bunch. We don't have an Adrian Peterson, or a Michael Turner. We don't have Marshall or Boldin....

I wouldn't even argue that the Falcons have risen higher than what Miami has. Likely true... but I think the Falcons were a better football team overall too. We've had YEARS of terrible draft picking, dating back to Wanny, and there's like 1 player left from those times. You can't succeed with a team like that. At least Atlanta already had Roddy White, John Abraham, etc. We STILL don't have one superstar, although I guess one could argue Joey Porter had a pretty damn good year.

All and all though, we do need better play makers on offense. I hate to say this, but if we lose to Indy and San Diego we really should give the ball to Henne and see what he has to offer. This is the year we need to know - and if we need to invest in yet another quarterback. Im curious and starting out 0-3 would basically give us very little chance of making the post-season. Listen, Im not throwing Penny or the Dolphins under the bus - Im just saying hypothetically ... if they lose two very tough games, they may want to start thinking about the future.

Lastly, I feel Miami will have a decent year and get it together. They have a very talented offensive line that needs time to gel - and they have guys who might end up surprising us (Hopefully)... Wish them luck with Indy, unfortunately they're gonna need it.

Peace

Come on Armando - You omit one hugely important fact in implying Atlanta has done a better job rebuilding. Atlanta did not have the dearth of talent that Miami had because of many years of horrible drafting. Put simply the teams did not start at the same level - your comparison is unfair. Miami has had to address many more holes in player personnel. You shot without loading your gun first dude!

What can I say... The wide reciever position is lack luster! There are some veteran wide outs that would serve our team better than Turner and Hartline right now. These guys would be practice squad players elsewhere. Also, Chad Pennington is good, but we cant have our recievers constantly coming back for the ball! Henne is young an mistake prone, but he's got the arm strength. Whoever drafted Pat White for us in the 2nd rnd, must be in hiding now. You dont need the wild kittie that the Falcons spanked, when you have a strong armed QB and good depth at WR!!!

I admire the passion, but all this negative ranting is really premature. We were in the redzone when Fasano fumbled, Ginn was wide open for the TD and the execution is what failed, not the playcall or timing. That's 10-14 points right there. Throw in our TD and that's 17-21 points from this tram without superstars against the team with all the superstars.

Dear Mr. Salguero

"But I will not allow anyone to take liberties. So if your post includes personal insults or casts personal aspersions on me or other posters, I WILL DELETE IT."

I just had a vision of you as "Lucas McCain" from the Western series The Rifleman. He used a Winchester carbine with an enlarged trigger guard (like that of Rooster Cogburn, in the 1970 film True Grit) to serve up justice to lawbreakers in every episode.

Your my hero

Soiled :)


o do
We have no #1anything,We have 4 #2's, maybe.Brown maybe the best #2 in the league but that does not change the fact that we have NO #1.So who does the defence have to focus on?No one,because they can play a base D.Make someone the main man and focus on him and if he does well it will open up the rest of the offence.Brees,LT,peyton,mjd,big ben,T.O,calvin j,bouldin,fitz,colston,wayne,moss,jacobs,smith,A.J,rodgers,jennings,ocho,edwards,L.J,and that guy from minn.ect.Ask any non fin fan to name a dolphin and????????maybe you will get penny.What WE need tis establish a #1,QB,RB whatever.But they must make someone step up or there is no acountability.sorry fumble fingers

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ya I'm pissed

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We have no #1anything,We have 4 #2's, maybe.Brown maybe the best #2 in the league but that does not change the fact that we have NO #1.So who does the defence have to focus on?No one,because they can play a base D.Make someone the main man and focus on him and if he does well it will open up the rest of the offence.Brees,LT,peyton,mjd,big ben,T.O,calvin j,bouldin,fitz,colston,wayne,moss,jacobs,smith,A.J,rodgers,jennings,ocho,edwards,L.J,and that guy from minn.ect.Ask any non fin fan to name a dolphin and????????maybe you will get penny.What WE need to do is establish a #1,QB,RB whatever.But they must make someone step up or there is no acountability.sorry fumble fingers

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ya I'm pissed

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What the ???

I dont know but this is all seeming to look more like mice in a laboratory experiment than tradtional rebuilding of an once proud upper-echalon franchise. Even though Im not pressing the panic button yet. I do have it on a very close standby.

A spersions o' both your blog-ges

Armando

The dolphins have been in shambles for years and and have won 31 games over a five years. Minus last year the dolphins have won 20 games during that stretch.
During that same five year stretch the Falcons have won 41 games and if you subtract last year during that time the Falcons won 30 games on average winning two more games than the dolphins during that 5 year stretch.

My point being that the Falcons had alot of developed talent when Mike Smith took over the Falcons. Case in point the O-line the Falcons have and its a good line was young but already there. Smith drafted Sam Baker from USC and hes a good one. So he didnt have to solidify the O-line. He has two very good guards in Blalock and Dahl. Now the diffence was Ryan the QB, and before you say why didnt we get Matt Ryan, or any of that crap you or your cronies are gonna say, is that we had an awful line then. Falcons didnt haver to build from the inside out they have and established line. Also they have a stud WR in White who was playing with Vick before he got halled off to jail.

So the talent was there and then the Falcons buy a top young RB in Turner last year and this year they buy Gonzo....after one game this year they look like a playoff team. The Dolphins after one game look like a team coming off a 1-15 season not an 11-5 record and afc east champ. But thats my point after one game your crowning the Falcons a playoof team and the dolphins are doomed.

You must understad the game and team philosophies between the two and all other teams have, is unique because each situation varies from team to team. The dolphins decided to build from the trenches out. Falcons didnt have that problem and where never in a rebuilding mode other than in need a good QB.

Now to say that the Dolphins have a lot of undeveloped talent would be right on or lack a stud playmaker but let the season play out someone will step up and it may even be more than one player.

But your flag waving auctionaire attitude at getting a stud player at all cost is a bad philosophy and one which was directly responsible for the Dolphins being sooooo bad for sooo many years and I for one am glad that you are not in the front office because you flat out would keep us at the bottom of the afc east.

Its no secret that we need a WR to step up in the passing game, we whent from bad to good without an elite reciever, now lets see if we can develop one during the season a long one at that and have another run at the playoffs and maybe more...?

Armando,

What do you think of Cutler's four INT's?

Didn't wave your auctionier flag for the Dolphins to get an elite QB in Cutler...I remind you that I'm glad your not in the front office.

Mando, I said it in your 1st post earlier today and I'll say it again... You are prematurely FREAKIN out!! I don't think anyone believed this is a superbowl, star-powered offense, but they are improved.. It been ONE game!! Geeze-a-mighty, haven't you had days when ur articles suck?? There aren't many players that can dictate an offense, ala Fitzgerald and Peterson, but we can win with what we have.. If we start 0-4 and score an avg of 7 pts per game, then you can panick as u are now..

Armando

yI am glad though that you have this site where we can voice our views of the game and how you don't mind being the butt of jokes or dishing it out for that matter...that said it just like the guys hanging out at the man cave having a beer and talking sports.

And I also want to say that this is the start of something good for the Dolphins no matter what happend in the first game of the season and as a fellow Dolphins lover I understand your view but I don't share it respectively. I understand the philosophy of this team and coaching staff as well as others.

It takes time to build a winner for the long haul and remember no one player or no one play will make or break a team and or a season. Its a collective effort. It takes a village to raise a child and the Dolphins are sooo very young, give them time to learn and develop.

Good night and may God bless the USA and the Miami dolphins and all of its fans.

The Atlanta comparison is really a unfair one. Atlanta already had players in place in certain positions. I counted 13 players that had started in 2007 for Atlanta that is still starting for them including 4 of the 5 offensive linemen. Further more Atlanta has 6 defensive starters from their 2007 team on roster compared to Miami's 4. On the offensive side? Miami has 3 (4 if you count Camarillio) to Atlanta's 7. The positive is that Miami's defensive line was able to do some damage against a offensive line that for the most part has played together for over 2 years.

I also do think if Miami would run the ball more and be committed to the run you would find a star or two there.

I think Atlanta was a much better team than we are. They had some serious problems with the Vick thing and then the coaching issues, but I think the Dolphins turnaround has been a bigger one even if Atlanta is the better team right now. Pennington out played Ryan last year and we have yet to have seen Henne play, but it would have been nice to get a legit #1 reciever.

"....more like mice in a lab experiment". Funny but true.

A stud will show up. They always do. It might be a 6th rounder (Brady). In this game some guys take longer or get overlooked.
Wes Welker was a stud and he was drafted in the 5th or 6th round. He could be sitting on the bench.
So, who is the stud? I don't think we are ever going to know with the current offense. The structure has no real risk plays. Everything is about protect the ball first. I am not saying just throw the ball out there but risks have to be taken.
If you don't take risks downfield then how can you get big chunks of yards. If you have a guy on the bench that can get those chunks then you need to play that guy and soon. Otherwise you turn the guy into an overprotective pansy and ruin the stud factor. Being a stud is a state of mind. They just catch and throw or run very well in very tough situations and believe they can.
Right now Miami is playing football like it is a baseball.

Are the Dolphins gonna suit up in throw back uniforms for Monday night?

Ronnie Brown never amounted to his #2 overall pick status. Ted Ginn has not yet proved he was worthy of being the #1 pick. Jared Allen? Well, you know the story. Basically, the 3 drafts prior the the Trifecta were wasteful by and large. The only decent free agent brought in was Joey Porter during that time. The Dolphins have done nothing in free agency even with the Trifecta. They have brought in no big name veterans other than Joey Porter. Most of the folks they have brought in were former Cowboys players that they knew, that were good, but not stars. About the only star power guy on offense I see is Ricky Williams. While Pennington may be a great game manager, he is not a star. The best hope for a star is Henne, but when is he going to play? It is odd that the coaching philosophy is in order to develop younger players, you have to get them on the field. Why isn't Henne on the field. It is a double standard because this philosophy holds for every position but QB.

stars are made, not signed. wes welker was not a star when he was with miami. it takes more than one player to make someone shine. how do you know if we have any stars? when ricky williams rushed for 1800yrds.we pounded the ball, he got stronger with each carry.now he doesnt get enough carries to even know what hes capable of.

ive listen 2 all this crap about dolphins not having a
star thats nonsense ronnie brown is a star we just havent given him engouh carries he would have just as many yards as turner ,peterson ,williams take those backs and give them 13 carries a games and u would be saying they aint stars brown is a stud just give him the damm ball!!! give ronnie 300 plus carries and he owns miamis single season rushing record thats no joke

Ripp, you got it 100 percent right ...Atlanta already had good players in place before Michael Vick became a criminal...that's the reason that team struggled..Phins had a way bigger job to do and it will take time for this OL to jell... But when it does, it will be a force in the NFL for years to come...

i declare that the rebuilding of the fins isn't going to go any where for one big reason.

1-IF YOU DON'T HAVE A QB WHO YOUNG AND CAN PLAY THE WHOLE GAME TO WIN . THIS TEAM WILL NOT GO ANY WHERE .

2-EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE BEST OL YOU STILL NEED CONFEDENCE QB WHO'S NOT SURE IF HE'S GOING TO PLAY 10,12,18 MINUTES THEN CALL OUT OF THE GAME FOR NEW DRAFT PICK FORM HIGH SCHOOL TO PLAY A TRICK PLAY .

I get tired of reading in seemingly every blog topic, that Miami's issues all come down to CPs 'noodle arm' and that he can't throw the deep ball, etc. Get over that. First of all, while he does not have a 'cannon' arm, as they say, he's an NFL qb and fully capable of throwing a ball long enough for a big gain when given time and space. Second of all, the long pass is not necessarily needed to win a game. How many of you watched the hated Pats on MNF? And how many 'long balls' did you see Brady throw? Um, not many. They dinked and dunked (with NO running game), short passes here, there and everywhere; and they won the damn game. So, enough of the nonsense that we can't win with CPs arm. It's just a huge cop out. And, be careful what you wish for too. We have no idea what Henne will eventually be like. Let's hope he's the real deal, but we don't know.

NewEnglandFinFan,
The dinking and dunking Monday night had the Pats set to lose to the Bills. It was the 2 seam passes over the middle that went for scores, passes to a covered receiver, thrown in front of the receiver, so that he could make a play, that produced 14 points in 5 minutes and the winning margin.
Pennington will not make those throws.

Nice to see you are changing your tune. It went from we are not feeding ginn and Brown, to we have no real stars, which is obvious.


So spreading the ball around to different guys with different upsides is pretty much what we have to do. You might have actually learned from this. Good Job.

For those that want Henne given a chance: he will get it soon.
Indy will put up points like they do to every team.
Pennington's play will cause Stephen Ross to be humiliated in front of his new show biz partners.
Dan Henning will be fired next week.
Chad Henne will be the starter come week 3.

Like i've been sayin' the awfulins have no talent!
I hear crap from your fans about the JETS spending all thier money, but we have an excellent team by doing what we did.
The Awfulins just don't have a 'Playmaker" GM.
They turn down Drew Brees not once but twice and they pass on Matt Ryan. Pioli (Parcells relative)did more in aquiring talent in one year than Parcells in two years. Atlanta "ditto" they pickup peterson and gonzalez to impact players.
The Awfulins haven't signed one impact player, why? You put that together with thier "busts" in free agency and inconsistant drafts. They have a 4yr plan, they need to be more aggressive in free agency and not always go for the safe pick in the draft, although they took a chance on Davis. Right now they take two steps forward and three steps back. They need a good ST coach and o-line coach that doesn't get interference from sparano and maybe take a different approach to free agency or find a guy who can't the difference between a stinkin free agent and a good one!

Same old same old

I thought this year they might risk taking a reciever and they didn´t but to much enfasis has been put to one game I think the Offensive line will come together and look for it to be really good doen the stretch, However I agree with Armando there is no Star people deal with it but teams are made up of teamplayers and normally stars arent, so... With good leadership this team could be really good... Go Dolphins... MNF BABY....

All you need is a star quarterback.Look at NE they won 3 rings really with brady and a good defense. They didn't have moss or anyone else when they won those rings.

There is nothing to look forward to this year.

What they're clearly missing is a game changer at WR. This is a team with some decent #2 and 3 receivers and though I like Pennington, he clearly doesn't have the arm to take the passing game to the next level. Ted Gin (averaging 2-3 catches per game) is not the answer. Miami should have gone WR with their second pick in the draft or made a strong play for Boldin.

I agree with one of the posts that it will take time to pull the team out of all the bad drafts and poor personnel decisions. It takes a solid defense and a productive running game to succeed. We have a good defense to build on, but cannot for the life of me figure out why we can't run the ball. We have good running backs and spent a lot on the offensive line. What gives?

Armando,

I think the answer to your question all rests on how Henne does when he finally gets his chance. He's supposed to be the franchise QB that Parcells and Co hand-picked. If he is what they think he is, all the rest will follow: the line will start to block better, runners will find their holes more quickly, and receivers will finally learn how to get open. Until we see if Henne can be THAT answer, no one will know if the dolphins have done enough in the re-building process so far.

Pennington can get the team to the playoffs again, but he'll never win one in the playoffs for Miami....

All these arguments valid, but let's see where we stand after week 3 or 4 before we loose are minds!

There's a no-name offense but those guys are working fine, using a very smart creative and elusive offense without big stars. Why because there was no star on 2007 and this team is under a very rare rebuilding on the fly mode.
This rebuild has required to ignore using big money on 'prima donna' receivers and is trying to build non standard schemes.
The bet is on Chad Henne, who looks as a fragile option until now, but should prove his worth during this season.
Also the Pat White experiment is part of a very complex plan.

R they for real No Star. So where was Pat Cobb while the Hen man was trying to figure out how to open up the offence

I can't agree about the receivers. Who knows how good Ginn is? He can not be utilized properly. He is open far more than we see on TV. When your at the game this guy is running open often, but Chad has already dumped it off, or is not looking his direction because he is 20 yards down field running to the goal line. The game vs Atlanta, Chad threw a ball away where he had another 3 seconds to find a player, and Ginn was 3 steps ahead of the D. I think we do have some major star potential on the O, just not the resources to get the ball to them. PAt White blew a touchdown as Ginn beat 2 guys down field also. He may be a little soft, but gets open. And no one cares when Jimmy Smith, Troy Brown, Antonio Freeman, Andre Rison, Terry Glenn, and Randy Moss ducked away from hits most of the time. Just sayin.

The Dolphins could have a Superstar (second to only Adrian Peterson) in Ronnie Brown - if they finally gave him the g**d*** ball! It is beyond words how they waste his talent by virtually ignoring him. It is a fact that the good backs get better the more carries they get and in the rare instances that Ronnie has had the opportunity he has shown that that is the case maybe even more so with him. But what do the Fins do? As soon as there are signs of Ronnie (or Ricky for that matter) finding their groove they abandon the run and get cute (Hello Atlanta - Hello WildPat!). Are they doing this on purpose? Are they thinking it would be unfair to the competition, if they gave Ronnie more than 15 touches a game? Remember that in '07 halfway through the season before his injury Ronnie led the league in yards from scrimmage - and that after he hadn't even carried the full load in the first two games. Even Bill Bellichik called Brown one of the best players in the league at the time. So the Dolphins could have a legitimate Superstar - if they'd just give Ronnie the ball consistently! By the way - isn't consistency what Sparano is looking for in a player? Maybe he should practise what he preaches.

Wahh wahhh.... Miami's offense is horrible. They stink. Wah wah. It's been one week. If they consistently play bad, then you can cry about them being horrible. I thought fans were supposed to br optimistic. If you're gonna reply with the "I'm a realist" BS, save it for after week 5. Wah wah

I agree with all the posts about getting Brown the ball more. That would be a good start and try and establish some sort of running game.

Maybe he is not the same player he was before the injury and the coaching staff just does not want to come out and say it.

There has to be some sort of explanation why Ronnie is being underutilized.

I would love to know the anser to that.

2007 Ronnie Brown was unstoppable. How did they use him? Star in the making. What happened?
Seattle's game last year Ginn's catch in the end zone
Star in the making. Throw deep to his outside shoulder so if he can't catch it, no one else can
Chad Pennington has more zip in his passes this year then he did last year. Hasn't any one notice this? Chad has to take some chances (outside shoulder).
Wild Cat. People would not have complained if Ginn was hit in stride by Pat White.
72 Defense, THE NO NAME DEFENSE. Why, no super stars
You DO NOT need super stars. You need 11 players on the same page, playing their hearts out for each other. They will dominate a team with 3 or 4 stars. They are still trying to gel. Take the five o line (by them selves) and at 3/4 speed throw everything plus the kitchen sink and see how they react so that each o line knows what the others strength and weakness are. A true team will beat stars twice on Sunday and once on Monday Night.
What do you think Armando?

Let's get this straight
Base offense = Dolphins
Wild Cat = Wild Dolphins
Wild Pat = Dolphins spread

when the coaches comes on and say ,

1-our OL players are STUDS .you ask him by saying how many TD these STUDS have so far in two years ?

2-when the head coach says ronnie is an elite ,you ask him if so why IN HELL you are not using him enough ?

Disagree... Give Ronnie as many touches as ATLs Turner gets and he will have 2000 yds.
Either Merling or Langford, best case both will be dominat in 1-2 yr.
Trade Ginn to GB PHI or DAL and he ll have over 1000 easily

For me the problem is that the team is build for HenneN a strong QB that stretches the field = more space for RBs TEs and everybody.

And as painful the first game is.its not everything as bad as everybody makes it. Defense is getting better and better.
Only thing i have to complain about our DEF is the playcalling. I wish Pasqualoni would be more agressive. Ryan was aweful when facing pressure. Sure the one play to gonzalzez but Bell doesnt miss many tackles

Dolphin4life, I never advocated the Dolphins getting Cutler. So please get your facts right before you speak.

I remind you I'm glad you're not in the fact-check office.

Man,you guys have no faith.One lousy game and you guys are ready to give up on the season.

I don't get you Miami journalists. Miami is just two season removed from a 1-15 season. This regime has only had two drafts and already you guys are throwing them under the bus because you expect them to to be even better this year. I'm sorry but you are going to have to be patient. Before Parcells came we needed everything. We still have some holes but they will get filled over time, remember they have only had two drafts. Miami fans were spoiled by Marino and Shula for years. The Dolphins are in the process of rebuilding and you guys are acting like a bunch of impatient spoiled little girls.

I am star of this blog. Go Dolphins time for O-line for be angry beasts on Monday!

Armando has become blog tyrant to squash revolution.

Some of you guys are hilarious!

Easy gimmicks or signing the right free agent doesn't do it or everyone would do it! Our 'crappy' offensine players will look a whole lot better once the OL comes together. Chad's 'noodle arm' will seem a whole lot more capable if he has time to throw.

Miami is like an old car that you find behind someone's house under a tarp that doesn't run anymore thanks to years of neglect. Since this is miami we're talking about, let's call it a '64 impala. Sparano gets the car's title last year, so the first thing he has to do with limited time and funds is to remove the parts that don't work and just try to get it running. Once he gets the engine running (OL and DL last season) he starts tuning it a bit so it can actually stay running and maybe drive a little bit (skill positions this year). Just because it's running doesn't mean it's ready to go to cruise the beach this weekend.

We were lucky to make the playoffs last year. We're running and getting worked on, but it's a little early for expensive paint jobs, hydraulics and spinner rims...

By the way

STEELERS

How many playmakers do they have on Offense?? Exactly!!
And to all the Ginn haters Santoni Holmnes was called SOFT too

Why did the Patriots have that much success? As much as i hate to say that - Bellichick is a genious in discovering srtrenghts and talents in players and use em properly. Use Wes Welker as deep treath and he wont catch 10 balls a season.

A lot of people do feel the way i do. Ginn is open at least 3 times a game for a bomb.
BrownN does not just get not enough touches but Pennington has strange check downs. Instead throwing screens to a wide open brown he throws underneith passes in traffic. Ronnie is excellent in space and one o one he just wins everything

I know saban cameron etc have been talentfree as best and we are blessed with the coaching staff that does not mean we are not allowed to be skeptic and criticyce

Yesterday you said we should get it to our studs and today you say we don't have any?

You have chances to get high priced free agents all the time. We just don't get any. The dolphins knew what they needed and they choose year after year to not get the big name. They have no one to blame but themselves, it could be a money issue and poor drafting of previous coaching staffs.

it's not easy to be a stud .just ask the OL coach of the dolphins,

1- you get paid a lot of money to show up

2-your OL coach believes that you all are studs .

3-TD no required .

4- you can blame you chad.penne's arm.lol

"Atlanta was also a franchise in shambles." Apples and oranges, Armandolito. They were in shambles because of Vick. They also did not have the loopy drafting and trading going on before they turned it around. They were not in 1 - 15 shambles. Come on, don't reach to make and argument.

Bottom line, you give ronnie brown to almost any other team he becomes a star. I could even see someone like Ginn becoming a star in the right system. I think we are so concerned with spreading the ball around, so defenses don't know who to cover, that we limit our playmakers. Though we only have a 1 star in Brown who is very underused, we have potential in Ginn. If they will set aside 5 or so plays for Pat White they should have 10-15 designed to get the ball to Ginn and 20-25 to get the ball to Brown and use them every game.

At least 2 of the following three events will take place in the next 5 days:
1. Stephen Ross will be humiliated in front of his new show biz partners on Monday.
2. Dan Henning will be fired.
3. Chad Henne will be promoted to starter.

I give you great credit for making a bold post regarding what you call "Miami's Curious Offense."

I give you even more credit for questioning Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning and Coach Sparano to, in essence, get their response to your position.

The bottom line is their arguments blew your theory out of the water. You have figured out a way for me to respect Dan Henning even more. He has done more (division title) with little (1-15 team) than any football mind I have ever seen.

You should take a step back and reflect on what they are earnestly trying to explain to you and us. That's how they won all those games last year.

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