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The locker room reaction following a win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six days ago, before they faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Tony Sparano told his team to strive for one mark by the time they took the coming weekend off: 5-5.

Sure Sparano was talking about multiple games and he usually preaches one at a time, but, "I looked a game ahead, I guess is what I'm saying. We knew we had two games in a short period of time and we knew it was going to be critical for us to take care of two football games to get ourselves back in position to make a charge."

Well, get the credit cards out because the Dolphins believe they are charging.

But first the bad news: Defensive tackle Jason Ferguson suffered a knee injury Thursday and did not return to the game. The Dolphins believe the injury is" serious," according to a source, and have scheduled an MRI for Friday.

The source declined to be specific about his definition for "serious." It is likely Ferguson will miss playing time but unclear if he is done for the remainder of the season.

The Dolphins find themselves in the playoff hunt today.

"We're back at eye-level now," said Nate Jones, who had an interception Friday. "We're back at ground zero. We're 5-5. We're have two huge division games coming up. We've put ourselves in a position to make a huge dent in this division and the league.

"We don't control our own destiny but we put ourselves in a position to make a run."

This game had many heroes.

Ricky Williams rushed for 119 yards on 22 carries. It was his second consecutive 100-yard game.

"I don't want to talk about myself," Williams said. "I want to talk about the team. We struggled a bit during the game, but the defense kept it close to give us an opportunity and give us time to get it together."

Yeremiah Bell made a tackle on DeAngelo Williams after a 50-yard gain. That came just before Jones got his interception.

"Without the tackle they score a touchdown," Bell said accurately. "It saved some points for the defense. I can run a little bit. I'm not going to downplay myself. I can run. And that's my job. It's to save touchdowns. I'm the last guy on the back end and I expect to make those plays."

Nate Garner was a hero. He played left guard, right tackle and center during the game as Jake Grove, Joe Berger and Vernon Carey went out with injuries. Carey and Berger returned. Grove did not return after his ankle injury.

"I'll play wherever they want me to play," Garner said.

Sparano said he never coached a game where so many players, particularly offensive linemen, went down.

"One time when I was an offensive line coach in Cleveland I was down to my last offensive lineman and he got poked in the eye and came out of the game, and I was coaching a defensive tackle right there in the middle and he finished the game," Sparano said. "But this thing today, they were going down left and right. I'm kind of happy we played on a Thursday and we got a couple of extra days.

"If another guy went down, I don't know where we would have gone. I don't know if they would have liked it but we would have been poking on one of those defensive line guys, maybe Merling."

As I wrote in my column, Chad Henne outplayed Jake Delhomme. After three quarters, Delhomme had completed only 9 of 21 passes. He was terrible. Henne was not spectacular -- completing 17 of 21 passes for 172 yards. But he avoided the big mistake and completed three big third-down passes.

"Ricky Williams stepped up today, and Lex Hilliard got in there," Henne said. "The wide receivers stepped up and the offensive line is playing great. Pass protection is great, I had a lot of time back there. All together we're forming a team and we're not putting it on anyone's shoulders."

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I think Jake Long should run the wildcat or carey

Aloco,

Thanks for the welcome. I feel horrible that I fell short of your expectation of a class act. But I bet you make your mother real proud. You seem like a wonderful human being.

I’m actually here to talk about the team and Armando’s blog. But while we are critiquing posts, you might consider borrowing your little brother’s sixth grade grammar book and studying up on dependant and independent clauses. Or I can tutor you myself if you like.

P.S. stay tuned for my next loco poster

NJ FIN FAN IS THE DONKEY WHO LOVES TO EAT HAY AND GREEK YOUGART .

Aloco are you lonely?

I’m sorry dude… not into animal fetishes. Good luck finding a mate.

OK WILLIE ,I FORGIVE YOU .GOT TO GO TO THE CIRCUS TO SEE MONKEYS .

NJ, LMFAO.....

Sorry everyone, I am tim stim

No your not, I am tim stim from somewhere you don't need to know.

Do not steal my identity.

is pooping blood bad? my toliet looks like the Kool-Aid man

Call NJ PHIN FAN, he's the blogs plumber of choice...

You don't have the balls to talk smack to my face cuban messy

Not you nj fin fan, NJ PHIN FAN...

Sorry my bad

No problem, he's the tri-county plumber of the year you know....

If you have a turd that cant be flushed he's your plumber....

NJ don't you and the Mange stay a drive away from each other let's get this smack down going!

Why must we fight. Oh god not again........... I just puked and pooped at the same time....why is this happening to me WHY.

clean up isle 5 clean up isle 5

I will smack any of you sissy around then eat lunch off your stomach

Pink taco anyone?

Aloco aren't you a tossing salad's type of guy

OK Kids the Cuban is outta here, getting a little strange for me, peace and have a PHINTASTIC NITE......

As one of the original posters on this blog I have to agree with Cube. Its getting wierd in here and I am out.

Please tip your waitress

FAKE ALOCO AT 7;57.I AM NOT GOING TO POST TONIGHT.IT'S REALY BAD PEOPLE AROUND .

tim stim this from you after this comment child please....
2009-11-20 20:37:45 -0500

is pooping blood bad? my toliet looks like the Kool-Aid man..............

MIAMI CUBANS GO TO BED EARLY.


ALcole

MACCARONI AND CHEESE W/MEATBALL JUST GREAT .NOW I AM HAVING MORE MEATBALLS .

Latest on fergy????

HE'S HOME aquanddorange .

D-dense agree I hope he break off two big runs.

Posted by: The Cuban Assassin | November 19, 2009 at 07:04 PM

Hey cuban menace, I was right too!

anybody notice how killerdolphin sound like NJ??

Did you guys know that was Rickys first game with both a rushing and a receiving touchdown, so glad I drove six hours to be there it was awesome!

I will smack any of you sissy around then eat lunch off your stomach

Posted by: ALoco | November 20, 2009 at 07:57 PM

This look gay to me.

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H8dpats

You are right on that one. 5 and 5 never felt better. We need to keep on rolling.

Ace I gotta agree with that you know Lex Hilliard is a powerhouse he needs more running time. It was fun to watch Ricky warm up that guy runs backwards as fast as he runs forward, he is just a machine.

no one runs backwards as fast as running forward mr H8dpats.onlu superman can do that .
did you buy your walmart frozen turkey yet ?

FAKE ALOCO AT 8:15.

H8dpats,

Glad to see Bess had a good game, Garner too.

I will smack any of you sissy around then eat lunch off your stomach

Posted by: ALoco | November 20, 2009 at 07:57 PM

This look gay to me.

Posted by: Trex | November 20, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Got a problem with the way I'll smack you little sissys around. I might even dump A-1 steaksauce all over you.

Cuban Assassin you were right. I remember you said that before the game. Great game for Ricky

Aloco he is superman! the only player that had two drops was Haynos. I hope Fergy is okay! Sperry didn't have a huge role last night but that guy looks psyco! Starks looked great as well.

god i hate hippies and internet tough guys....no no no no no bloody poo again!!!!

Got a problem with the way I'll smack you little sissys around. I might even dump A-1 steaksauce all over you.

Posted by: ALoco | November 21, 2009 at 12:12 AM

This sounds gay,aloco you faggitt

why don't all of you freaks go to bed already......

ALoco lives the alternative lifestyle but who are we to judge

Is or is not Bess our new #1 WR?

2009-11-21 00:35:57 -0600

anybody notice how killerdolphin sound like NJ?? How do u know what somebody sounds like on a blog?

All I know is super mike just quoted mojito verbatim. Maybe one & the same??

Seriously. Pick a name and own it.
(You're not Superman.) Alter egos not required on this blog.

yeah what what flogger said...do you flog the dolphin with a stick?

Any news on ferg?


CUBAN...sorry I think his name is Wunshie or something like that...this Guy is an idiot ha We were just having a little blog fight...why do people feel the need to argue when they don't know what they are talking about? Ha

PHIN87...I never said I didn't like Henne and we might be talking about two different passes.

you must have noticed, that critical 3rd down catch by ginn made on his knees was not made with his hands. he cradled it in his arms. his eye/hand coordination is still a little suspect to my way of thinking.

can we please stick to Dolphin football please. I am here for one reason and 1 reason only and that is to talk Dolphin football

Mando is on break like the Dolphins?

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