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Roth claimed by Browns, rest of Wed. news

Former Dolphins OLB Matt Roth was claimed by the Browns today. No surprise there.

And yes, the Dolphins say Roth was cut from the team Tuesday for as "a football decision." That is not a surprise to anyone that reads this blog and saw The Herald's reporting on the topic yesterday.

On to news about Dolphins players still, you know, on the Dolphins:

NT Paul Soliai (ankle), TE Anthony Fasano (hip) and LB Erik Walden (hamstring) returned to practice today after missing last week's game. All practiced full and aren't even on the injury report so all should be available Sunday.

C Jake Grove (ankle) and DE Lionel Dotson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Joe Berger is nursing a knee injury but he took the first-team center snaps. Ricky Williams is nursing a chest injury but he also practiced full. .

Soliai practiced with the first-team defense at nose tackle. The nose tackle rotation, I'm told, is likely to be Soliai and Tony McDaniel. There is some thinking that Randy Starks will be in that rotation, but I'm told that is not true. 

Why would the Dolphins take their most consistent defensive end and ask him to play out of position?

Won't happen.

Soliai has to step up and reward all the work injured and done-for-the-year veteran Jason Ferguson did in mentoring him the past 18 months. And Soliai plans to do just that.

"I want to play for him and show him I learned everything he taught me," Soliai said. "He believes in me and I got to show everybody I can do it, too."

The Dolphins filled out their 53-man roster today by adding Andrew Hartline to the active roster. hartline is 6-5 and 300 pounds and had been on the Miami practice squad since Sept. 15.

G-C Mark Lewis, who was with the team in training camp.

Lewis was back home in California when he got the call from Miami to come back. He had been working at a Christmas tree lot the past week and expected to do that job through the holiday season.

"I was working with tractors, chain saws, lifting trees and helping people out," Lewis said.

He expected to make about $3,000 in a month at the lot. On the practice squad roster, Lewis will be making approximately $5,000 per week as the prorated portion of a practice squad deal. 

The improvement of Chad Henne was a big topic of conversation today. Everyone is agreed the Dolphins new starting quarterback is getting better.

"I think you like to see a guy turning errors into non-errors instead of repeating errors and he has shown an ability to do that," offensive coordinator Dan Henning said. "I think the more he plays, the better he's going to get."

Henne agrees.

"I definitely think I've grown a lot," he said. "I understand the offense, I'm anticipating things and know where I want to go with the ball."

Henne said he could see himself continuing to improve and, ultimately, playing for the Dolphins the next decade or so. We'll see.

Henne has great potential and I'm eager to see what he can do once he gets a great receiver to work with. By the same token, the true measure of a QB is how he reacts to adversity. No matter how good they are, all great quarterbacks suffer adversity. All the great ones overcome it. Lesser players are overcome by it.

So ... we'll see.

I asked Henning his think on not using the spread offense aka Pat White's package against Carolina last week. I was wondering if that was going to mark the shelving of the package or if there was some other reason for not seeing it.

Turns out there was another reason.

"We had Pat White ready to play in the game in certain situations and one of the situation arose and because of the time out situation, we didn't feel it was appropriate to use," Henning said. "And then we were ahead in the ballgame.

"So we continue to work with Pat and have him ready to contribute in the way we think is best for him to help us out. Sometimes it goes that way. Sometimes it rolls in and the situation doesn't present itself."

Finally, here's a pre-Thanksgiving feel-good note:

You know Dolphins football czar Bill Parcells has something of a reputation as a hard, unfeeling sort. He's really not that way at all. But rather than tell you, let me show you.

Parcells, a native of New Jersey, recently pledged $100,000 to St. Anthony's High School in order to help the school meet major budget shortfalls.

"I get it," Parcells said in a press release for The Street Stops Here, a documentary that in part details St. Anthony's problems and will air on PBS in the spring. "I've coached enough and seen enough to know how important a good, solid education is. I have a lot of respect for what the faculty and staff are doing at St. Anthony's. I'm glad to help in whatever way I can."

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. God bless you all.


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hi cuban,

are you coming to my picnic next week in our the private club in palm peach ?

carlito.happy thanksgiving to you and your whole entire familia .

Fake insider at 10:23 and 10:30. where's mr multiple personalities aloco/menace ?

fake insider at 10.40 and 4;09 and 5;23.

Bring back Zach for the stretch run

Fake insider at 10:42

Fake insider at 10:42

bring back john offerdahl for the stretch

fake mama at 2;01

bring Zack back,even if he's 45 years old ,he's young at heart

Woooee!!!!! who let the Monkeys out and have Bananas?

When is Pat White gonna get some time at WR....he needs the ball in his hands to justify a 2nd round pick.

killerdolphins. Go to BED ! Numbnuts !

You sad monkey you just always got to put in your two cents in, you organ grinding monkey go crawl back in your papa Bradys @ss

Offerdalhl and A.J Duhe,and Z.T

Just to let everyone know, Cuban Menace is really "the bostonian" who had spent a lot of time causing havoc on Cote's blog, and yes he does use and steal many other's names.

Wow, when I read back what happen last night on this blog after I leave, it is real disturbing.

Mando start another blog please! Can you do a story on just how different is it to go on the road and play at home to win? How does the team prepare differenty to win in these two situations? I would be interested to read an article about that. Thanks Mando

Hey Mando,
what exactly do you understand from this?

"The Dolphins filled out their 53-man roster today by adding Andrew Hartline to the active roster. hartline is 6-5 and 300 pounds and had been on the Miami practice squad since Sept. 15.

G-C Mark Lewis, who was with the team in training camp."

Please answer the following: what position does Andrew Harline play and what were trying to say about Mark Lewis?

don't get it!!!


dfins006 , Andrew Hartline is a OL and Mark lewis who was with the team in training camp was re signed and is back with the team.

may god help TIGER WOODS TO be oky after this car accident .

Hi and happy holidays, is there a heat app coming soon?

I know Illinois sucks, but anyone see the show Mardy Gilyard put on today for Cincinnati? He's been doing this all year. I would love for the Dolphins to grab this guy in April. He returns like Ginn and is a very productive wide receiver.

He's also 6-0 180 pounds Soak N' wet. Miami has enough of those guys .

Is there anything to worry about the bills for? We really shouldn't have trouble winning this one but u know Fins are good at a nailbiting showcase. I expect:31-13 Fish win.


We don't have any receiver with his skill set. Steve Smith is also 170 pounds soaking wet but I wouldn't turn him away.

Josh Bynes of Auburn is another player shining today. At 6'2 240, he's a decent sized MLB but he's probably going back for his senior year.

Steve smith is NOT 170 pounds LOL . He a rock solid 195 pounds. Gilyard is no steve smith. LMAO !

excuse me 190 pounds.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.
I sure did, time to work this sh|t off.
Is this guy, Andrew Hartline any good? Just saying.

Just to let everyone know, Cuban Menace is really "the bostonian" who had spent a lot of time causing havoc on Cote's blog, and yes he does use and steal many other's names.

Posted by: Alias | November 27, 2009 at 06:35 AM

We like what alias said we posted it again

fins 31-13???? hilarious fins couldnt score 31 points in 8 quarters at buffalo. im hopin for a 13-10 fins win. sure fins will lead 13-0 after 3 quarters then do nothing but let buffalo back in it like they always do. fins win 13-10 with bills last play being at fins 5 yard line. patriots beat saints 45-34


fins win 13-10, very close ugly game.

NJ, well you say Steve Smith is 190 lbs. How do you know? You weigh him? By the same thinking I've Gilyard listed at 180-185 lbs and he's young. You don't think he can add another 10-15lbs? Maybe you are a plumber.

By the same token, because a receiver is light doesn't mean he can't be effective. There is someone playing in your backyard that is a prime example - Desean Jackson. guess he isn't good enough for you.

And by the way, Dolphins, don't have anyone with Gilyard's skill set. he can take it to the house at any time. Bess doesn't break away, neither does Camarillo or Hartline. Ginn could if he had the heart. But it's obvious that he isn't cut out for the go to position in the NFL and it has more to do with his heart than his size.

Smarten up NJ, I thought you were smarter than that.

Mark , are you Kidding me ? Smarten up ? You should take your own advise. I don't have to weigh steve smith. The man is rock solid and is listed at 190 pounds . Gylyard is a 170 pound toothpick. We have enough small wr's and ginn can take it to the house. Ask the jets. Miami needs to utilize ginn just like the eagles do with jackson. Miami needs a big , pyhsical wr with speed not another smurf. Gylyard will go in the 3rd round. we have enough 3rd round wr's . C'mon man , SMARTEN UP !.

Ha my niece just told me in Kmart Tom Brady is the new poster model for Stetson Cologne. I figured they would call his signature cologne: Stinkin Cheat

Did I say that Gilyard should be a first round pick? No, I didn't. And once in a blue moon Ginn can take it to the house. I was a firm believer in him at the beginning of the year but he's a failure as a receiver. he's no more than a 4th receiver that is exceptional at returns and that's ok. But you need a RECEIVER in your top 2 or 3 with speed and that is the role I can see Gilyard in. He's got exceptional speed, is 6'1, weighs anywhere from 180-190 (never seen him listed at 170 and he looks bigger than Ginn) depending on where you get your info and can fill out further. I agree with you assessment that a big receiver with speed is ideal but let's face it, this regime won't draft Dez Bryant even if he's there. And the already big and speedy receivers go in rd one, 9 out of 10 times. (i.e. Marshall wasn't a 1st but Fitz, AJ, and many other were) We have to look at the 2nd/3rd round receivers to see who will come in. At that stage you have to project things out a little further.

Mark, NJ is correct, Parcells isn't gonna draft another quick, small type receiver...Hartline, Bess, Camarillo and Ginn are all carbon copies of each other..Turner is 6:5 220 and you can expect another type of receiver like that being drafted

But this guys isn't small and and is not a smurf. he's 6'1, big frame that needs a little more filling out, he's anywhere from 180-190 now. That's just 10 more pounds of muscle on him to make him a good sized wideout. Heck, he could do that in a month in the gym if he's committed to it. And his speed is exceptional. Could you imagine Ginn's returning abilty combined with another couple of inches and 20 pounds heavier and doesn't live for the sidelines? That's what this guy can be. Again, I am not saying as a first rounder, but 2nd or 3rd. And after Dez Bryant, try finding another huge wide receiver with speed in this class.

Benn is a possibility but he was on the same field as Gilyard today and totally outclassed. I know which receiver I would pick of the two.


I am ready for the Dolphins game!

Anybodys know the forecast in Buffalo on sunday?


You close enough, how the weather up there?

Carlito, it's not bad. It will be above freezing. Mild for this time of year. Might see some precipitation though. Might rain (30% chance) but it will be about 7 degrees celcius which is not bad at all. Weather should not be a factor.

Thank you Mark, good info from across the border.

Who is going to show Fitzpatrick the Turf more on sunday Porter, Taylor, Wake, or Starks?

I say JT is due for big day, maybe Wake too, he had big game against Bills last time.

Wake will kill their tackles. I don't think the Bills' tackles could block college edge rushers.

Have fun on the worst team Matt.

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