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Rebuilding can frustrate when it's done over & over

There is building a franchise. Don Shula did that and it resulted in a couple of Super Bowl titles.

There is rebuilding a franchise. Jimmy Johnson did that and the nucleus of players he brought in were flawed on offense, very good on defense, and ultimately good enough overall to contend for playoffs spots from 1997 through 2003.

What we have now, however, is something much different. What we are seeing with the Miami Dolphins now is in some respects rebuilding position that we though had already been rebuilt. Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland are in the midst of doing that and so far the results are mixed.

Miami's dynamic and enigmatic personnel duo corrected a lot of wrongs their first season, turning a 1-15 disaster into a division winner and playoff team. But last year was a step-back season as the Dolphins dropped to third place in the AFC East with a 7-9 record. (Some of you may not accept it was a step-back year, but the facts are impossible to ignore.)

Now, after two years of building the team as they would want it, the Dolphins find themselves in the curious position of rebuilding the same team. 

After two years on the job, Parcells and Ireland got about the business this offseason of rebuilding practically the entire defense. The defensive coordinator is new. At least three of the four opening-day starters at LB will be new. The starting nose tackle will be different in the 2010 regular-season opener than he was in 2008 and 2009. The starting free safety will be new for the third time in three regular-season openers. Miami's right defensive end will be new -- again -- as the Dolphins will start Jared Odrick or Phillip Merling or Tony McDaniel as the fourth person to fill that starting job in three years.

All these are facts. And all the facts speak of the Dolphins having to cover ground in rebuilding that they already supposedly addressed in their initial rebuilding of this team the past two years.

Let's face it, the club has failed to properly address the free safety spot -- first giving the job to Jason Allen, then Chris Crocker, then Renaldo Hill, then Gibril Wilson, and now another player to be named at a later time.

Let's face it, the Dolphins invested two years, a modest draft pick, and millions of dollars in ILB Akin Ayodele only to find out he wasn't very good at stopping the run or in coverage.

Let's face it, the nose tackle position was an issue before last season began. Everyone knew Jason Ferguson was a stopgap measure and I remember Ireland being asked why he didn't address the position in the 2009 draft. He basically answered there are only so many big bodies to go around and one of them didn't fall to the Dolphins.

So Miami went into 2009 with Ferguson and he broke down. The Dolphins finally addressed the issue this offseason by moving Randy Starks to nose tackle.

The greater point here is Miami has reached a stage where the fixes need to finally take. The club cannot keep addressing the defensive line time and again. The club cannot keep addressing the free safety spot year after year.

And this rebuilding upon a rebuilt position also affects the offense. For all the money and resources the Dolphins have invested on the offensive line, the unit is still not completely resolved. In 2008, the right guard spot was an issue. In 2009, the right guard and left guard spots were issues.

Can we get the guards addressed once and for all, please?

The Dolphins believe they have done that at right guard where Richie Incognito is expected to compete for a starting job with Donald Thomas and perhaps Nate Garner.

The left guard spot is much less certain. Garner and rookie John Jerry seem the most likely challengers for the job. Justin Smiley, who Miami signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract in 2008, lasted only two years. He is now on the trade block because of shoulder injuries that one might have seen on the horizon when he was with San Francisco and was forced to miss the latter part of 2007 with a shoulder issue.

So three years into rebuilding their offensive line ... the Dolphins are still rebuilding the offensive line.

My greater point is this: Everyone accepts the Dolphins needed a thorough rebuilding. Everyone accepts it was going to take time to do. But it is hard to accept that the Dolphins are already in Year 3 and still rebuilding what they already supposedly rebuilt. They are having to double-back, so to speak, to address issues they supposedly already addressed.

That slows things down.

And it cannot continue because, as with all teams, new issues pop up every year. Next offseason the Dolphins could be looking for help at running back or tight end, and perhaps wide receive. Next year the Dolphins could be looking for more backup quarterback help. Anyone looking off into distance can see that.

The last thing the team needs is to have those concerns, while also needing to address OLB (again) or FS (again) or CB (again) or OL (again).

Therre is still a lot of building being done around the construction site that is the Dolphins roster. Here's hoping the work currently being done won't soon require that it be redone. Again.

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Fair enough, 1701972. Thanks for contributing.

And by the way, I take the plane, not the bus.

Though just to be fair, of course not all the players who failed were meant to be stop gaps, sure they were meant to be solutions... but i'd really like someone to go back and say break down how many bad personnel decisions Shula/Johnson or whoever else made. I think this regime has pulled a pretty good percentage of successes and in some cases this uncapped year played a part in pulling the plug on some projects early imo.

I like it when you guys challenge me. It makes me better. It makes me think of things I might not have considered previously.

It's kind of how it works when the media challenges the front office.

Lunch! :)

I think it is fair to expect a playoff team within 3-4 years of have a 1 win season. I don't know that you can officially say 2009 was a step back considering our starting quarterback went down and we had to roll with a guy that never had a full games experience. All in all I think 2009 was a step forward considering Henne's development and how our offensive line played. I will agree that the regime has made a couple mis-steps in filling holes, specifically with Wilson. But a few of those are to be expected. For every Wilson move they've made few more great ones (bringing in Pennington, drafting Henne, giving Rick the shot he deserved, Long, etc.) I think the article was critical, which is why I read these blogs. But I think it may have come across as negative considering two things: 1. This team is light years from what it was in 2007. We have the pieces to be in serious contention. Still have a couple holes, but O-line, D-line, WR, QB, RB, LB, CB, and lets not forget K and P are solid. Teams have done quite well with less solid teams. and 2. We can expect the regime to be to be great, but we can not expect them to be perfect. I think they are doing a great job. Our team is big, strong, and fast and we finally have a legit #1. The wildcat should be retired, and I expect big things this year.

ARMANDO, YOU SAID DOLPHINS GOT READY OF THEIR MISTAKES AND THE LAST I THINK .AFTER THIS YEAR NO MISTAKES ALLOWED AND THE COACHING STAFF IS OUT THE DOOR .......ROSS'S MONEY ISN'T CHEAP .

IT'S EARLY FOR LUNCH, YOU WAKE UP AT 9;00 AM AND YOU HAD BREAKFAST AT 10 .WAIT ANOTHER HOUR . WE ARE NOT IN SOMALIA .

Armando
Home would like to say HI
Actually Like the Piece
Understand U Stirs the Pot
Addresses Issues In the Now
Before the Season Starts
Have been blogging myself for a couple years about how players near Retirement / Traded / Lost in FA / Injured & Out
Always Change the 3 yr plan BS Theory
Every 3 Years There Will Be Another 3 Year Plan
LOL

Think The Dolphin Organization
Now Has Come To Grips With The Fact
Player Projects (like Wilford & Wilson)
Let Go or Discarded from Other Teams
Are Just That.... Projects

Kinda Like A Woman
Who Thinks She Is Gonna Change A Man
99% Of The Time
Doesnt Happen

U Get The Same Old Crap

Dolphins Have Woken Up This year and
Went after The Best

Dolphins Now
Have Spent A Hundred Million On Two Of
The Best FA Players Available In The NFL
Both Filling Glaring Needs For The Fins

Very Confident In This Offense
Have to Be Confident In Mike Nolan & The Rooks

The Miami Dolphins Will Compete for the
2010 AFC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

***** The Dynasty Be Fins! *****

donpaizon, with all due respect, you cannot blame the problems of last year on the QB injury.

Chad Pennington was 0-3 in the games he started. Chad Henne was 7-6.

Fact.

Welcome, Home!

Make yourself at, well, at home.

Signing IN

It takes more than a couple of seasons to rebuild a contender. Considering the Trifecta had to start from scrap after Dave "Wanstache" and Cam "Crybaby" Cameron left the Dolphins roster completely bare of any appreciable talent, I'd say they're doing just fine. They identified a qb for the future (Henne), that neither Jimmy, Wanny, nor Cameron could match. They have rebuilt Miami's offensive line into a pretty good unit that has the potential to be elite if things go well. Jimmy, Wanny, and Cameron didn't have offenses with this good an offensive line. The Dolphins now have a dynamic receiver in Brandon Marshall. Jimmy, Wanny, and Cameron didn't bring the Dolphins one of those. I agree the defense remains a work in progress, but the defensive line will be very good this season if Randy Starks makes a seamless transition to the NT position. The linebackers received a jolt of talent with the Dansby acquisition, and if Misi and Wake pan out, the LBer corps should be pretty solid. Vontae and Sean Smith as starting CBs, with Will Allen as the nickel corner, ain't too shabby. Sure, the Dolphins have that hole at the FS spot but name one team in the NFL that has no holes at any position on its football team. The Dolphins rebuilding project is going along very well if you ask me.

One thing they have accomplished that they did set out to do was change the culture/attitude of this team. For this alone is a great accomplishment. We're a feared opponent once again and a contender right now.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

I could hardly believe what I was reading.

Rebuilding after "already" rebuilding?

Armando,
I love this blog and your opinion makes sense to a degree, but the team did bot regress in 2009. We started Henne, played a tougher schedule and were limited in a lot of ways due to injurues. 2009 was a realistic view of where Miami currently stands, 2008 was a huge gift from the football gods, lol. This is a young team with a more experienced QB and a softer schedule this year the Fins will go 12-4 or 11-5 again. They are only a FS away from achieving that goal...
P.S. Ataogwe is still out there!

Armando,

We were a Brian Billick having some guts call away from going 0-16. The most important positions in football are LT, QB, and CB. Addressed. Guys that will provide depth for us, such as Donald Thomas, Brian Hartline, Philip Merling, Chad Pennington, Tim Dobbins, Will Allen, all would have been STARTERS in 2007. You bashed them for not adding the alpha receiver, they did that. Karlos Dansby was brought in. Akin Ayodele was a guy who along with Fasano offered us a 2 starters for a 4th round pick. Tony McDaniel for a 7th. Ferguson was brought in as much for leadership as anything. Yes, they have their errors, but far more hits. They've found guys from the CFL, from Montana, undrafted gems. You complain about no FS, what good is having Ed Reed and having Kyle Boller. It has been 3 offseasons, what in san heck do you want. They recognized their errors, and worked on fixing them. The Saints just won the Super Bowl in year 4 of rebuilding. And the teams that are annually contenders, the Steelers, Patriots, Colts, they all build the way we are trying to, through the draft with the occasional splash move. For every 1 positive article you write, you write 10 negative. Some of us are homers, but for the most part we also know the Trifecta isn't perfect. A ratio of even 1 positive to 3 negative articles would make it seem less like you had a vendetta.

Gotcha

ThanX Armando

The Drama-Queen of South Florida sports reporters strikes again....

Mando, its interesting how you left of ALL the positions we actually have fixed in the last 2 1/2 years.

QB
OT
C
WR
CB
ILB
DE

Hank Goldberg used to be so irritable and yell at all his callers when he was on a crash diet, remember? So what is it with you? You are the Official Dolphins beat writer and are always critical of all their moves. Two things I know are that if you think its frustrating for you, imagine what Parcells feels like whose neck is on the line. Cut them some slack Mando, at least they have a body of work. Look at Coughlin in NY, they won the Superbowl and then their team sucked the following year. Parcells also tends to get fed up of all the criticism and cuts out so just keep it up.

Bootang, you make rock solid points. This is where we depart:

First, I do not accept your 1-3 ratio. Scroll down this blog and you will see that for yourself. You're simply wrong. It is more like 2-1 in favor and that despite the fact this is a 7-9 team. Hello? They were 7-9. If and when they get off to a 3-0 start in 2010, I'll tell you all that is going great. But right now they still have issues. I know you know that.

Secondly, I "bashed" them for not having an Alpha receiver because ... They DIDN'T HAVE AN ALPHA RECEIVER! You make it sound like that was a bad thing.

Third, it has been three offseasons. What do I want? A team that can win the division. That's what I want.

A good story. There os no doubt that 2009 was a step back, our starting qb going down, no offense to cp, was the best thing to happen to us, his arm made it so our Rbs where our leading receivers and that's not a joke. But before this year, we had struck out when it comes to drafting almost, and free agency has been a big problem (smiley, Wilford, Wilson), say what u want aboutthe bengals taking gerbil and pacman, at least they are trying to shore up fs, and they already have te best corner duo In the league. To me, this draft will be sparano Irelands and parcells defining moment. Ever since the first game with the trifecta we have had maybe ONE GAME where we blew the other team out, the rest it didn't matter if we played winless Tampa or the like, it always went down to the last couple minutes of the fourth quarter, in our division winning year against THAT schedule it was hard to watch, even with all the wins, very stressful. Our following year was 7-9 and we blew leads like nobodys business, but if we play that schedule the year before, we don't go 11-5 we go maybe 9-7 if that so no big. But this year, the draft had major talent in defense (especially at lb) and I really do not like our draft. You should get two starters at least out of the draft picks we had, or two at least with significant playing time. And Im not talking about default playing time like reshad or John because the team forgot to fill the need in the offseason at their position, I'm talking about true talent possessed to own their position in their lineup. Bottom line: with all the money spent, with hiring a top three wide receiver AND top three ilb I shouldn't be worried about going 500 next year, but I am.

Nice article Mr Salguero. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been complaining about their lack of addressing the NT position. I believe it's the mist important position on defense.

Good point, Dolfan SF.

Armando,

Appreciate the feedback. If I asked you how unrealistic you think it is for 10 wins, what would you say? Also, we have only lost 1 game in 2 years to an opponent with inferior talent, that shows what the staff has done without the amount of talent presently on the roster. We will not be beating ourselves this year.

(most)

I think we have a team that can win the division... now a team that will win the division? We'll see... This is quite possibly the toughest division in the nfl... so it'll be interesting. But I certainly think they've built a team very capable of taking the division.

Cm parcells is a big boy he can handle it. I personally think mando
Isn't critical enough. The dolphins have been a disappointment for too long with the money spent, and parcells and co is getting too much credit for a team that is NOT delivering results, is unfortunately degressing (is that a word?) lol u get what I mean.

Actually shula ddnt build a winner joe thomas did shula coached them. There was some misses in F A that make u scratch your head yes but not everyting pans out as far as drafts go they hve been very good they will take time. Parcels track record speaks volumes dnt 4 get bilicheat won w- what parcels put together. We are so on the right track .

Armando,

You must be the little boy who nobody wanted to play with, and now grown up every once in a while you write lame brained things like this just to have someone to talk to. Must be a lonely existence that to feel good you have to bash those who are working hard to produce something good, just because they won't let you play with them.

Enrique, you think this year has a soft schedule?

Maybe the back end is soft, but the start?

At Minn
Jets
NE
at GB
Pitt
at Cincy
at Baltimore
Tenn.

Fact Is We Lost
Quite A Bit Of Starters Last Season
Believe It Was 7

However
This Does Not Change The Fact
That If A Fan Like Home
Can Watch & Study
This 2009 Miami Dolphin Team
At Practice & Early Preseason

Come On The Blog in July/August 2009 and
Tell the Miami Dolphin Football World
That the Dolphins Have Got To Remove
Ted Ginn From The Starting Line up as WR and
WRs Pat Turner & Brian Hartline Should
See The Field Immediately
The Dolphins Secondary Appears To Have
NO CHEMISTRY and Be The Weak Link
On This Football Team

And The Problems Are Not Addressed All Season

Than Houston
We Have A Problem

Sincerely
The Prophet
NostraHomeUs


Just another joe, if you want to disagree with me and debate me on the fact, bring it!

But spare me your moronic psychoanalysis.

Armando I see your point and FO is not exempt from criticism...but if you line up all the guys they've drafted and signed, the good definately outweighs the bad. For every Gibril Wilson, Justin Smiley or Pat White there's guys like Chad Pennington, Jason Fruguson, Patrick Cobbs, Chad Henne, Jake Long, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Kendal Langford, Devone Bess, Brian Heartline and we've seen what Dansby and Marshal can do. I like what they've done so far and I think the trifecta has earned the benifit of the doubt. Remember FS is a tough position to find the right player for in a 3-4 defense.

"Mcluvin, calling what Shula did rebuilding indeed would not be correct. And I didn't call it that.

Feel free to read the first line of the blog again.

Shula built a winner. He took a team that had never won and molded it, worked it, changed the culture. He built a winner.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | May 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM"

This is the first line in your blog.

"There is building a franchise. Don Shula did that and it resulted in a couple of Super Bowl titles."

Again I submit to you he did not build that team he inherited it.

Home Is Going w/ # 84
U Remember that Past WRs Number On the Dolphins

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For BranGetterdon the Beast Marshall

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Good morning, Mando. With that said, is your argument going to continue to be the drafting of Gibril Wilson? Dude, where was your outrage when they first signed him? I don't remember who wrote the article...and I believe it was several reporters/analyst (Think KC Joyner was one) when asked about offseason moves the dolphins made: regarding Gibril Wilson-don't know why the dolphins make this move, they now have 2 strong safeties, don't like it. I paraphrased but you get the picture, does anyone else remember that? You headed the tar a feather Ginn mob and now he's gone when he was easily the biggest threat for kick/punt returns that we have had in a longtime and seem pretty happy about the Devone Bess clone we picked up which means he is just taller. BTW just watched the Dolphins/Jet game on NFL replay...those kick off returns, esp the second one when he was in the thick the defenders was just sick. Oh well. You write one article about patience then you turn around and write one about impatience. I just thought it was a process, and I certainly don't see 2-4 years as being an unreasonable time period in the process. They would have to hit on every single player, and that just ain't gonna happen. By the way, where was your outrage when they drafted Pat White...geez. LOL

Mando, I can understand that there is room to criticize what the trifecta is doing. But what decision have they made that set them back? You bring up the oline... The oline was one of the best last year... Even with you clanging pots for Brian Waters... You bring up Akin... I could have told you when the trade happened that he was just a player to make the 3-4 work... He was an upgrade to what we had, which was a broken Zach Thomas and Derrick Pope. He was cheap and filled a hole for two years. Meaning, he gave the team two years to find a replacement... That is what you do in FA and trades for veterans... You buy time. Your true replacements really only come through the draft. Veterans are players who are either overrated, too high priced, old, injured, or have personal issues. So last year, the better option at FS would have been... Darren Sharper? He would have saved us two wins... Then you would be complaining next year when we have to replace him because he is 35 years old! You can poke holes in anybody's formula... No one is perfect. You talk about Gibril Wilson... The trifecta threw money at Rolle and Clark... If either one signed and just like that there is no hole... When I think about being set back, it means putting yourself in a position that is difficult to get out of. Like drafting a bust #1 overall. The pressure of drafting someone that high puts pressure on the team to allow the guy to develop and get an opportunity to become a star... Which is like 3 years.... So in a capped year, you are investing 10 million cap dollars in a position on a guy who cannot get on the field but you want to give him a chance to succeed. So you spend 3 years developing him... So at the end of three years he is a bust.... You spent 30 million dollars on him which could have been spent on someone else and now you are back in the spot of finding someone who can really play. I have not seen the trifecta handicapped by any of these circumstances in the three years they have been here.

Armando,
Dude I look forward on a daily basis to click on to your blog but lately you have seriously been bashing this administration. I don't know if it's a personal grudge or something but I believe it is you that exoects perfection from them and that is not fair. This is a completely diffrent team than it was two years ago. The fact that you are even mentioning Cam Cameron in the same conversation as our current administration is insulting and ridiculous. This team has been competitive with the majority if not all the games they have been in since the administration has arrived. In an earlier post, someone wrote that Rome was not built in one day and I agree. This front office needs more time to put the proper pieces in place and have all those pieces play at the same time and produce.We are lightyears from 2007. If it weren't that Brian Billick is idiot and would have kicked a field goal, the phins would have had a 0-16 seaon under their belts! Shame on you Armando!

Wondering what the Dolphins are going to do with
NT Fat Paul

Now That they are moving Starkes into his position
and have the Aging Veteran Roid Abuser Resigned
Despite Being Old & Injured with 3 times
Caught for Illegal Drugs in the NFL
(Still Cannnot believe They resigned Ferg)

Mando,

Pennington was 0-2. And considering they were in both of those games even with Fasano's two fumbles in ATL and Wilson giving up all that yardage against INDY I thnk you can conclude that we were enjoying very high production out of our QB. Now don't get me wrong, I think Henne will be great, I think he played well, but he also made those mistakes a 2nd year QB makes, especially in the TN game. Mistakes Pennington RARELY made in 08. We enjoyed that success because of a soft schedule and the fact that Penny was a damn wizard back there.

Yes, the defense was porous. Wilson was a big part of that. But in considering how the team played in that division (which was much stronger than in 08) I think its hard to say they regressed.

I think they took solid steps forward. Not huge leaps, but they progressed in the critical areas of QB, O-Line, and CB. NT was going to have to be addressed even if Ferg stayed healthy. Can't do it all at once. And it becomes even harder if you have to fix areas that should already be fixed. Which is why I will agree with you in that the Wilson signing makes me mad considering he sucked in Oakland.

Having a glaring hole at FS going into 2010...I'll take it. At least we have our QB, our O-line, solid RBS, A BEAST AT RECEIVER, Deep receiving core, 2 CB's that Moss said "would be a great duo", TE's that get it done and will be asked to do less in the passing game now, a young crop of D linemen and LB's to go along with Dansby...

We also have one of the youngest teams in the league...that is one of the most important stats to consider.

I appreciate the critical writing and enjoy your work.

Keep it up.

To everyone else on this blog that comes in with knowledge and just wants to have good Phins discussion, cheers.

And to everyone that spouts off ignorant tirades that would befit a 2nd grader, stop posting because I'm getting sick of scrolling.

WTF are you talking about? Jason Taylor and Joey Porter were not long term solutions nor were any of the other left overs from the Wanny, Saban and Cameron eras with exception to possibly Ronnie Brown but even he can't play an entire season.

The Dolphins have their best OL since the early/mid-80's. A promising young QB, 2 solid CBs and several solid DEs/DTs. Finally they managed to get a No. 1 WR this offseason and what looks to be several solid young LBs plus a SS and/or possible FS.

Show me an organization that has done more rebuilding in less time while maintaining competitiveness other than the Panther's expansion team. You can't.

Joe thomas built the superbowl winning teams when shula 1st got there. Shula ddnt do well picking talent by himself he got a couple here and there but not great.

I meant signing not drafting of Gibril Wilson. Great point Marcus. Signing Brady Quinn, after having a stop gap derek Anderson, after signing Tim couch...THAT...sets you back. As Marcus points out, signing a 35 year old sharper or chasing after twinkle toes taylor sets you back rather than joining the youth movement. And what is up with that Gayarse picture of Jason "snuggling" with Sean Smith? That is the type of leadership you want...lol.

Joe thomas built the superbowl winning teams that shula took over.

Boooo!

Jets-Favre debacle,Gholston,RBs
Pats-Fred Taylor
The Broncos-Roster turned over
Raiders-LOL
Steelers-Accident prone Palamalu, by bye Holmes
Saints-R.Bush taken too high

You guys are better at this. There are a lot of teams that have made some very questionable gambles. That being said until this team puts together a team that can finish in December and January consistantly this will be the topic.

Go Phins!

Armando
Would Like To Live Stream
Some Photos From Dolphin Camp 2010
For Your Miami Herald Bloggers
Unique Pictures
From A Fans Perspective of Players
Many Close Up w/Helmets & Shoulder Pads Off
Did So For another Blog last season
Fans (esp those who cannot make it or live out of the area really enjoyed them)
U can have someone post them immediately and
We all can comment on the photos when I return from camp
Most Dolfans are chomping at the bit for Dolphin Camp News & Photos while It Is Happening Live

Enjoy Your Lunch
Sincerely
Home

This article is written just to have something for us to read, not much substance here. We all talk and know about some of the issues the fins have; however so does every other team in the NFL. It was always known that it would take three years to get this team to where Parcells wants it; moreover we are far and away better today then we were during the pre-Parcells era. It didn't take 3 years to run this team into the ground and it wasn't gonna take 1-2 years to fiux what past regimes fail to do. The Dolphins were never truly rebuilt in any of the past regimes, it was always a band-aid fix. In his first draft all Parcells did was getting us an All-Pro LT and a potentially good to great young QB, the second year he brings in two starting CB who most think will be very good for years to come. This team was in dire straits before this FO came to Miami, we should be grateful and happy as fans with the direction this team is heading in.

This is how you show your professionalism, by calling some posters moronic, others you call stupid, just because they don't agree or appreicate your lame brained analysis.

one of the worst articles u have wrote mondo you sound like a depressed fan and not a sports writer.You say we have been rebuilding the offensive line but yet we have one of the best rushing teams in football..defensive line lacked pressure of the edges making the secondary weak but it is the nfl every year is a rebuilding year for any team that wants to stay relevant.you call it rebuilding i think it is simply Getting a better fit at that position.For every player on our roster and every other roster there is a kid coming out of the draft who is stronger more athletic and most importantly cheaper and hungry to prove his worth. lets go fins afc east title please..

Ya know I usually agree with most of your articles...usually....but this one and the constant use of rebuilding, rebuilding....not so much. Have you ever heard of the term, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT....??? it's not a rebuilding term, it's a practice used to continuously get better, to continuously look at the weakest link and improve on it......a team will always have a bottom group....that group will always need to be improved.....the best teams do it every year....as you get better you can reduce that group and continue to reduce that group....issues will come up each year and will need to be addressed each year. It's not rebuilding...it's making an effort to be better, never being satisfied, always looking to improve....always searching for that elite player in each and every position.....this team has been a revolving door for coaches and staff.....let the dust settle, let the coaches and staff settle in and the search for the best players at each and every position continue each and every year.....because when it stops...then you will really end up REBUILDING the team....AGAIN!

Armando, as always you have NO CLUE...

When the Tuna & Ireland took over, they were a 1-15 team with ZERO talent, so their first off- season they signed a bunch of free agents knowing most of them would not pan out.
the second year they signed less free agents and now in their third off season they have only signed two major free agents, and all this time they have kept on rebuilding the team with draft picks.

it takes time, look at the job they have done so far, sure there have been a couple of mistakes along the way ( pat white) but all teams make mistakes.

this is one of the youngest team in the NFL and they are getting better and better.

IN TUNA AND IRELAND I TRUST.

Plain and simple, it's just a horrible article. You can do better Mando, you have in the past. I still have some faith in you.

drsamii, I headed the tar and feather Ted Ginn mob and since he's gone, you are blaming me?

You must know that Ted Ginn failed to show progress last season after two seasons of only modest success. You must also know I don't get a vote when Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland sit down to make a decision. So I think you are going a bit overboard on this point.

Secondly, you are correct, I did not criticize the Gibril Wilson move originally because, frankly, at the time I believed the front office deserved the benefit of the doubt on all their moves after going 11-5.

But after going 7-9 and making mistakes with Wilson and Smiley and Crocker, and Ayodele and not addressing NT last year, and Eric Green, and Wilford, and Shawn Murphy and Pat White, the benefit of the doubt fades.

I'm certain you understand.

Mando,

You're being overly critical and a tad unrealistic. You can't assume that every move they make is going to work out. Free agency is a crap shoot, the draft is an even bigger crap shoot. Some of the players you bring in will work out and some won't. They've done some great things in 3 years. It's impossible to be perfect. At least they have the balls to admit they made a mistake and work quickly to fix it. If they keep doing that, eventually they'll have every hole filled, and frankly, you can't ask much more of any front office.

Armondo your man crush on JT is clouding your judgement.(should signed the yellow post it note) BP builds winners have some faith, not ever move is the right one.

Armando,

I usually agree with you, but not here. The trifecta realized that the team they took over was so talent depleted they needed 3-4 drafts to fix this mess. The turnaround in year 1 was an aberration based on the schedule and the stop-gaps they brought in. Last year was a learning process, new QB, old OLBs and the lack of the alpha WR. Year 3 will start off slow. Everyone knows the Fins will have to develop the OLBs and Henne is still growing. Next year will be the fun year. Oh I believe Miami will via for a wild-card spot this year but they will not go far with all of the new pieces on D. Year 4 is where it will be fun. We will have 2 new RB's another field stretching TE and the D will have time to gel. So while I understand the point your trying to make Mando. I don't agree. The talent that the trifecta has brought in is SO much better, so much more designed for the NFL today. The Fins are not re-building, they are being BUILT. The same way Shula did it.

2 season played under this regime, 1 division title, not bad

if you are looking for a team that can win a division title look no further, you write blogs daily on one that can!

Nixon,Ford,Carter,Reagan,Bush1,Clinton,Bush2,Obama. Rebulding!

Nixon-The last Phin Championship!

I was 7 now I'm a grandfather!

We only have until next year because the world will end in 2012.

C'mon man!

Go Phins!

Solid post LAKECITYFAN.

donpaizon, Pennington was 0-3 in games he started:

at Atlanta
Indy
at San Diego.

0-3.

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