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The great transition that is, was, & must come

I wrote a column in today's Miami Herald that focused on how the Dolphins have continued winning despite undergoing a difficult transition at quarterback, cornerback and nose tackle. Those transitions are the toughest there are in the NFL --  obviously at quarterback but particularly at nose tackle if the team runs a 3-4 scheme.

Check out the column and you'll see some fascinating statistics that prove Chad Henne, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, and Paul Soliai have been exceedingly effective in replacing valuable veterans.

The column also gives you a hint where future transitions will be needed.

The column does not address where the Dolphins have already made changes previous to this season. The offensive line and defensive line is where those changes came first. That's where Bill Parcells built his foundation.

And the offensive line has delivered, as well it should since it came at a price of $156 million.

"Here's what has been the most impressive - and when you watch an offensive line play, it's never pretty, it really isn't," coach Tony Sparano said. "Their tenacity, I think is a good word, they really are, they're a pretty tenacious, resilient group. They're doing some ugly things hard, and as long as you're doing them hard, you've got a chance. They're giving us a chance that way. Those guys would probably tell you that's a compliment. First of all, I don't dish many out their way, but secondly, that fact in the offensive line, it's not always pretty. It's a different position than most, yet, they're pretty tenacious, and they're pretty resilient. I think that that's the thing to me that stands out the most about it, it's that even when the game gets a little bit ugly, they keep grinding pretty good."

The defensive line has been effective of late also. Sparano said he challenged his defensive ends to play well last week against Jacksonville. They did. And Randy Starks was excellent.

"I think he’s having a great season, I really do," Sparano said. "I’ve said it before, but Randy was physical again yesterday, he had four or five tackles, tackle for loss in there, made a big play in one of those situations. There's still things Randy can get better at, there really are.

"Fundamentally, go back to that again, there's some things in the game yesterday that Randy will watch the film, and he'll know he left out there on the field. He played pretty good in there yesterday, physical, did a great job I thought. We asked our defensive ends yesterday, Randy, [Phillip] Merling, [Kendall] Langford, to do a hard job in that run game yesterday. Their job was very, very difficult from what we asked them to do from a defensive standpoint yesterday, but I thought the three of them, they really did a pretty good job in that game."

Starks is interesting because he came from the Tennessee Titans as a free agent in 2008. He had never played in a 3-4 defense. He'd always been a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Well, he kind of struggled in his first year. He really wasn't much of a factor. But he seemed to get it in training camp. The light bulb seemed to flicker on and now it is burning brightly.

"I think I've had a breakout season," Starks said. "This is probably the best football I've been playing throughout my career. It could be the coaching, the coaching staff. The coaches help me a lot, coach Kace, Kacy Rodgers, he's helped me. Maybe this defense fits me better, maybe I'm just a 3-4 type of player, not a 4-3.

"The first time I ever played 3-4 was last year. It was a hard adjustment for me, but now, I'm getting the hang of it."

Discuss ...

And remember to check out the column for those stats and what I've been told is the next coming change of youngsters replacing vets.

Also, follow me on twitter.  You'll be able to see a picture of my Christmas tree the wife and I just finished trimming.

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TIME FOR MY METBALL SUB.GOOD NIGHT FARMERS .

aloco must be one fat g@y greasy pig. All he eats is meatball subs off of other men's stomachs

Tim, don't think the 'phins will be going anywhere near a DE though in the draft - maybe late. That's probably their 2nd best group behind the o line.

I agree, he is either a DT in a 4-3 or DE in 3-4. If they were to draft him, not likely but high hopes, the phins would have a killer rotation at DE.

Like I said before Andrew Quarless would be a great pass catching TE. He had some problems off the field but Tony would straighten him out.

Plus they need to keep the streak alive of the past 3 years the 1st round pick has come out of the Big 10.

Indiana Dolfan: There were 3 tickets available for the Titans game at www.ticketmaster.com Search for the event, then click on the "ticket exchange" tab. The rest is easy. Just put in how many tickets you want and ticketmaster will search and find what U need if they're available. I found these three tickets at 10:05 PM.

Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins
LP Field, Nashville, TN
Sun, Dec 20, 2009 12:00 PM

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Row
Seats
Description 344
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9 - 11
PRICE LEVEL 10
UPPER LEVEL ROWS G-Z THEN AA-KK
WEST SIDELINE OF VENUE
NORTH ENDZONE
CORNER OF VENUE
HOME TEAM SIDE TypeFULL PRICE TICKETTicket PriceUS $45.00 x 3 Price Details Convenience ChargeUS $5.75 x 3Additional TaxesUS $0.54 x 3
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weeth de first peek senoras y senoritas de meeami dofeens select Yaqui Bandito!

AloCo is my 3rd cousin!

We call aloco loco because he very crazy whe drinking the tequila and butt f!cks he own @ass weeth di worm. He still my loco cousin!

So Mando still wondering why there is no response to my posts. The truth sometimes hits home but you are an entertaining writer and that is to your credit. So response or not keep doing a great job and keep the best interest in the fins in mind...

Carlito,
What do you Saprissans think of Vergara?

NJPhinfan or anyone else,
About Henne's picks... How many of those picks came from a tip or a bad route from a mediocre WR? From what i can remember atleast half of those werent all his fault. Henne has done fine so far. Now we just need to build around for the offense to be more effective

Maco WHO CARES

SCREW YOU ALL!!! I CAN EAT WHATEVER I WANT OFF ANY OF YOUR STOMACHS WHENEVER I WANT. IF IN THE MOOD I MIGHT EAT ORANGES, FRENCH FRIES, CHICKEN TENDERS, HOT ROAST BEED SANDWICHES, DQ BLIZARD, PRIME RIB, LOLI POPS, PASTA (NO WHITE SAUCE), CHICKEN WINGS, CRAB LEGS, RICE CRISPYS, WHEATIES (ONLY WITH SKIM MILK), TACOS, PORK CHOPS, CLAIMS, PIZZA, TUNA HELPER, RICE A RONI, AND IF I AM STILL HUNGRY AN ENTIRE CHINESE BUFFET.

SO BRING IT!!!!!!!!!

OH AND TO WATCH MY WEIGHT I WILL HAVE A TOSS SALAD ON THE SIDE.

BY THE WAY I THINK HENNE NEEDS TO THROW FOR 347 YARDS ON SUNDAY OR THE PHINS ARE SCREWED.

Sock me socko.

Aloco wants to lose weight by tossing someone's salad. What a f@g

NJ why you say only you and menace know the truth about who aloco really is? Please tell us.

Monkey AKA Menace Alcoa etc...I got to favorito Pan con salchicha y se acavo el pan, come and get it monkey!!

I got a cup full of your fav ready for you to put down!!

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NJ is that you?

I love to get my salad tossed by Bubba's like killerdolphin. he like to get it returned.

Dolphins will be just fine next year. We need to trade ginn and peezy, ginn cause he is ginn, and pezzy due to age, and get a pick or 2. Get a FA WR, and ILB, and draft depth at every other position ( secondary, and OL). Also we should resign JT, and run a hybrid 3-4/4-3 def. Him and Cam Wake on the end with randy starks and solai in the middle, I think would be nice.

2010 and beyond is ours for the taking!!!!! Get ready NFL......

This is Disgusting. I'M telling armando to erase you !

Patrick Turner not starting because he simply isn't good enough yet to crack a good lineup. Davone Bess is better than he is, Camarillo just had a hundred yard game and runs much better routes than Turner does, Hartline is a young phenom. Ginn gives us a much better deep threat than Patrick.

Turner is a solid reciever on a team where the receivers around him are all good at something. Do you a play a guy just because he is 2 inches taller and weighs 15 pounds more?

Armando,
Thank you for the quick response IRT Patrick Turner. So, is fair to say that we wasted a draft pick on Turner?

I like coach Sparano but I swear, every time I read quotes from his press conferences I get a migraine. Again, I relly like him but he needs some coaching on how to express himself better.

Just saying.......

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