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The focal point of attention in Miami? Always OL

In the next 24 hours you will hear that Monday Night's game will come down to turnovers or how Chad Pennington compares with Peyton Manning or whether the Wildcat is unleashed on more than just three plays.

There are a myriad focus points that could determine the outcome of the game.

Can we get to the bottom line for the Dolphins? The offensive line.

Look there when Monday's night's game is complete. If the Dolphins line has played well, it will more than likely mean the team has won. If the line plays poorly -- as it did last week versus Atlanta -- Dolphins fans will be staring at an 0-2 record.

That's because with the way the Dolphins have been built -- with $156 million in salary spent on the starting line, with tons of draft pick and free agent resources expended there -- when the offensive line plays well, life is good.

When the offensive line lays a collective ostrich-sized egg ...

"It could be bad," left guard Justin Smiley said. "I agree with that 100 percent. I have a saying: Heavy is the head that wears the crown. They give you a lot. They expect a lot in return. And this is a high-performance business. It's like, you may like your pool guy, but if you come home and your pool is dirty, you're getting a new pool guy. That's the bottom line. So we got to be able to get it done."

One might argue the play of any NFL's team offensive line typically determines whether that team wins or not. That could be true, although not in all instances. But I argue Miami's line is exponentially more important to the success of this team because that is where the Dolphins have placed the most emphasis since Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano have come to South Florida.

Think about it:

Miami's first free agent signee under Parcells? Smiley, at precisely 23 minutes after the start of free agency in 2008.

Miami's first draft pick under Parcells? Left tackle Jake Long, who remains the NFL's highest-paid lineman at an average of over $10 million per season.

The unit on which the most money was utilized during the 2009 free agency period? You guessed it, the offensive line, where right tackle Vernon Carey was re-signed for $42 million and center Jake Grove was signed for $29.5 million.

And what should the Dolphins expect for using so many resources on the offensive line? The team strength. The team's foundation. The team's unquestioned epicenter.

And what have the Dolphins actually gotten for using so many resources on the offensive line? Let's just say the return has not yet matched the investment.

"I say we've done some really nice things, but we've been too inconsistent in the preseason to go to where we want to go against the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers and Patriots," Smiley said. "We got the big boys now."

Miami's big boys have gotten their butts handed to them the past two games they've played together for a significant number of snaps. The Falcons had four sacks and made the Miami running game -- by no means a failure -- of non-effect, anyway.

Before that regular-season opener, the Miami line put much effort into making an impact during the third preseason game -- the dress rehearsal for the opener. And that game was also a disappointment for the linemen. 

"There [were] too many four guys kicking butt and one guy not doing good on each play -- whether it was me or somebody else," Smiley said. "We're a team within a team. It's no way to make a living when one guy isn't doing his job and the other four are. And I've been on the bad end of that one as much as anybody."

Well, that has to stop if Miami is to beat the Colts. Indianapolis present another quick line with premier pass rushers and the Dolphins will be severely tested.

Miami, of course, seems prepared. Linemen this week held extra meetings among themselves to help identify the problems. Sparano, a former line coach, rolled up his sleeves and worked with assistant Dave DeGuglielmo to find reasons for the problems and correct them.

Their success in doing that will be measured by how well the line plays Monday night. And that is kind of important. Because, for the Dolphins, how the well line plays usually determines whether the team wins or loses.

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hey mando,,,,

why not post a blog fot the jets vs pats today?

The Phins got off to a slow start last year, too. Let's think positive.

The offensive lineman love to run block right? Let's pound the rock on monday night. Let them run some people over and build the confidence.

Pound them. Hard runs at the middle. Trap blocks. Double teams. Screens, draws, flea flickers. These are the plays that make a d-line work. No huddle works great too. In fact the first couple of series, 2 minute offence. The second couples of series screens, draws and flea flickers. Keep them guessing all the time. Hard counts. Quick counts. Don't let them get their feet set.

hey armando y dont you post a blog for jet vs pats today? stay in your own little pond killie fish

Please don't soil this blog with jets and pats filth.

Screen passes to Ricky will slow down the rush...then maybe....just maybe.... a 20 yrd completion to Ginn

20 yrd completion to Ginn? I think you're asking a lot! That boy can't get open!

Anyone that knows anything about football knows that if both lines don't play well, you don't stand much of a chance.


Different twist on the same old thyme . We get it Mando , you want more " stars " and YOU would have brought and bought more stars!

Perhaps a resume to an NFL team in need of a GM , or maybe the fantasy league might help you out!

Let's talk football , how would you game plan for Monday night ?

i'm baaaaaaack . back in joisey , finally .

I am a Dolphin fan, but I am also a realist.

Today we witnessed the changing of the guard. The Sanchez Era has begun, and the Jets are clearly way ahead of the Dolphins, and the rest of the division, in talent, coaching & aggression. Sanchez is so far ahead of Henne & Penny that it's ridiculous.

Meanwhile, in Philly, anoth should-have-been Dolphin QB has sliced and diced the Eagles.

It's going to be a depressing season for the Fin Fan.

Seer. The bills shoud've beat the pats last week. Maybe the pats aren't that good . they've lost a lot of players . They also played without welker today. so go back to the jets blog.

And re Mando's post, the OL will continue to struggle the entire year because Jake Grove is mediocre. At best.

The Fins ain't stomped the colts yet. And were still east champs!!!

Don't crown the jets yet. The pats r not what people thought. This yr the pats take a back seat in the race.

What the hell is DeGuglielmo doing? You get that line on the practice field and they don't go home until they get it.

And message to Smiley - by the way, we didn't "crown" you or push millions of dollar on you or anyone else on the line. We paid the figures you guys demanded. Now you're getting the overpaid jitters? Too bad.

Back to back poor effort from the Patriots...Giants showed the league how to beat them and they are definitly srugfling to start the year

how about the young sanchez, star QB.

Dolphins 24 - Indiana 21

let see now

jets.....2-0

vickings ...2-0

it's all about the QB my friends

the dallas cowboys rest rooms costs more than the whole dolhins team staduim .lol

let's be fair....sanchez rocks

the screen looks good in the new cowboyes building not like the dolphins wast land .

I think the whole offense needs to settle and do things that worked. Last year for example Penny was great at picking off every defensive back... We need to drive the football,,, and eventually the Oline will get better as the whole group comes together..

eli manning is a hell of a QB.NYG AREN'T PLAYING THE TRICKS CRAP.THEY ARE PLAYING FOOTBALL

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WHEN DID YOU DO THAT ?

et see now

jets.....2-0

vickings ...2-0

it's all about the QB my friends

the dallas cowboys rest rooms costs more than the whole dolhins team staduim .lol

let's be fair....sanchez rocks

Posted by: ALoco | September 20, 2009 at 08:21 PM

Lets see now, Sanchez is unproven, and benefiting from a decent d (it is only the second game)B. fagrve benefits from a good d and AP. Lets talk after week 8.

YOU CAN'T ADIMT THAT SANCHEZ IS STAR OUT THERE THAT FINE .IT'S ALL ABOUT CONFIDENCE SHAGGY BOY AND SANCHEZ HAS NOW TO TEAR THE FIN A PART .

Jets always start out fast they'll flame out in December.Dolphins 24 Colts 17

Jason and Joey are gonna welcome Sanchez to the league!

Aloco, shut the f'j up....the guys played two games and your saying he's a star...he has won NOTHING and proved NOTHING...h&r has won two games against a weak Texans team and it looks like a declining Patriots team...take another hot off ur crack pipe and go blog the NY Post with the other six Jets fans

BOBBY..BOBBY15.....ARE YOU WATCHING THE NYG NOW TO CLEAN YOUR EYES FROM THE CRAP FINS SLEEPING GAMES.

Alcoo no I'm also not typing in all caps like a little 12 year old nor am I stupid enough to spend Money on the Jets blog when I'm a Dolphins fan.. Get a life dumbass

TELL ME A STORY BOBBY 15 SO I CAN GO TO SLEEP

BOBBY ,
i am not going to write any more in caps b/c you were wright .i hope we can be as two friends one fin and one jet who are ready to be close friends when it comes to football.

Things will never change on here. LOL !

nj, what's up w/ FASANO'S FUMLES MAN ?

FUMBLES

Oh and one more thing, you have no class so don't pretend your a Giants fan...Even Giants fan can't stand the lowlife, no class trailer-trash Jets fans who have to use Giants Stadium because no one wants to build them a stadium..and since your a Jets fan your also a Mets fan and we all know how that has worked out for you..and yes, Im originally from New York and I can smell a scumbag Jets fan like you from a mile away...so please don't insult Giant fans who actually are decent, knowlegeable fans with lowlife Jets fans such as yourself

DID YOU SEE THAT CATCH BY NYG ? 20-14 AND WE STILL IN THE SECOND Q.THAT'S A NICE GAME .I HOPE ON MONDAY WE DON'T GO TO SLEEP EARLY .

Fasano got absolutly creamed on the first fumble. The 2nd had No excuses.

GO GIANTS, MY TEAM

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Romo sucks !

brees, week 2 nine td's. culpepper should be looking for work by week 4. sweet!

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