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Live blog here to celebrate season ticket milestone

The Dolphins tonight celebrate their most important preseason game of 2010 and already they have good news on the horizon: The team will soon announce that it has surpassed the 50,000 season-ticket mark for the first time in the Bill Parcells era and the first time since 2007.

Although the club has not yet made it official, I'm told by several sources there is a sense of pride at the fact the local fans have seen fit to invest in season-tickets at a rate not seen in several years despite the tough economic times that plagues the nation and South Florida.

There is much work to do, however, for the Dolphins business side. While there has been a steady increase in the sale of tickets since they fell off the table following Nick Saban's departure, 50,000 to ,51,000 is not the goal. The club would like to be closer to 2006 levels and be in the 60,000s season tickets sold.

One supposes the success the team will have this year will go far toward determining that.

To that end, I present to you tonight's game.

Things to look for:

The secondary: Um, they've been pretty bad this preseason and now they're facing the best quarterback (Matt Ryan) they've seen so far and for a much longer period of time. The expectation is the Ryan will go at least one half tonight as will Miami's starting DBs.

[Update: Jason Allen is slated to start ahead of Sean Smith at RCB. Smith has been on notice all preseason that his job is at stake. Count this another strongly worded message that he needs to pull up and play better or he'll find himself coming off the bench when the season begins.]

To blitz or not to blitz: I've shared with you what the Dolphins' defense is going to be this year in previous posts. Attacking is the operative word. But this preseason the Dolphins have shown no blitzes with their first-team defense. Do they unwrap some of that package tonight? I do not know. But I'll be watching with interest to see how effetive Koa Misi and Jared Odrick can be when three or four of their teammates are also trying to bust down the offensive line wall along with them.

No injuries, please: That is a key goal. The coaching staff hasn't babied this team, but it has been cautious to avoid the physical, emotional, and psychological distress that a season-ending or other signifcant injury can have upon a team. Today the St. Louis Rams are sick at the loss of receiver Donnie Avery for the season. Teams that come out the third preseason game relatively healthy usually go into the regular season that way because the final preseason game is usually a passing excersize on the field. If Miami can escape this contest unscathed, that will bode wll for the opener.

Last minute news: Will Allen and Nate Garner are the only scratches for the Dolphins. That is interesting because it suggests Channing Crowder is dressed ... but he will not start. Tim Dobbins is starting for Crowder tonight. Jake Grove is starting at center.

So meet me at kickoff in the comments section for the live blog. It should be a hoot. 


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Time for the bubble players to step it up!!!

Henne will get better and better.

I believe Pat White is gone D-dense.

Loser of the game.....the audio system! Don't know if it's the CW Network or the equipment belongs to Miami. Either way it's the pits! Same problem last week. Get it fixed fixed fixed!

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J lo, Mark Anthony, Williams sisters', Buffet.

purchased the NFL, and in 2011 announce

6 preseason games so the FINS could get better....

WHEN po white ? when we all die .this year is for the coach to decide ...........does he wants to get fired or save his skin and start penne to limit the damage .

playoff or fire the coach

all second team d in now

You cannot allow 3rd down conversions as a Defense. You just can't. Mike Nolan but engrave that into the brains of every defensive player. Get the opposing team off the field.

I think that Alma Francis makes the team -- don't you?

Mommy he pushed me!

NEWS just in.....

PEE-WEE HERMAN part owner in fins, and will draft PAT WHITES brother who is 120 lbs in the 1st rd and runs a 4.1


Armando, seriously WTF is wrong with the discipline of this team. Its like the coaches arent preaching anything in practice.Thats like 15 penalties tonight!!!

word is Mando and Mark Sanchez are actually cousins...I FOR ONE AM NOT SURPRISED

Uh, Shizzle, my PRE-SEASON is now.

This ain't even close to what your going to see...

And your skewed roster of the "misses" rather than the "hits" exposes you as the moronic fair weather fan that you are, putting you in great company with many of the other posters on this blog...

Hope not Loco, got to much invested in this damn team.

Boy do we miss Justin Smiley....this O-line can't run-block!!!!!

That was a poor call by the officials. But this team has been undisciplined. Remind me of the Raiders a bit.

I Am Sick Of Hearing Preson Doesnt Matter. They Must Be Right Cause We Won 9 In A Row. So It Is Pretty Pathetic The Only Streak We Have Is For Something That Does Not Matter.

what happened to carroll looking good in training camp?

WHEN po white ? when we all die .this year is for the coach to decide ...........does he wants to get fired or save his skin and start penne to limit the damage .

playoff or fire the coach

Posted by: ALoco | August 27, 2010 at 09:17 PM

LMAO did you always lack logic, or have you abused drugs in the past ?

Cefalo is terrible

So much for 10 strait.

Gonna be a long season

Pitiful On Both Sides!!

I mean look at Mando's pretty mug up there, I thought I was straight but I'm pretty sure I'd let him do it to it...if ya know what I mean

these are the backups phinphan, we wont see these guys during the season

could be worse, we could have bryant as our kicker

Vontae Davis will be Pro-bowler

Have any of you people panicking ever experienced a preseason before ? The year the Lions went 0-16 their preseason record was....4-0. You people are unbelievably D-U-M-B

Preseason game 1 the best player on the field Paul Solai.

Preseason game 2 was Chad Henne.

Preseason game 3 was Vontae Davis.

I like the fact Davis looked good tonight. Henne's completion percentage would of been higher AGAIN if the receivers stop dropping the balls. Guys I was getting frustrated like all of you are and I said 8-8. I still believe they are a legit 10-6 team. The most troubling thing to me isn't Henne it's the running game tonight. The Falcons are good the Jets, Bengals and Ravens are all better against the run and we play them.

Joe Rose commentates like an angry fan.

The biggest concern coming into this game was the SECONDARY. And guess what, they didn't look too bad today against a very good passing team. I wish more fans actually played football in their lives so we wouldn't have so many that don't have a clue about the game...

It doesn't matter if its the preseason. No, this game doesn't mean they will be terrible. And people are exaggerating. But these guys need to play hard regardless. They need to be disciplined. And they need to show improvement as the season approaches. They have a lot to work on and only two weeks to get it done. I think they can. But from what I have seen, they have some work to do.

1 more qtr to go. I think i can honestly say thank you god for that!!!

Eff n ay, EFF N AY.


Of course they have work to do DLT, its still preseason. EVERY team has work to do. THat is the point.

At least we're consistently inconsistent!

Noodle Arm = No Playoffs

Roberto Wallace, tough catch and good special teams player. I hope he makes the roster

This App Does Not Update???

Where is Patrick Turner? Is he not in the game or is he still stuck at the line of scrimmage? We need a play, something!

True. But preseason isn't always meaningless. It was during preseason I saw Trent Green get injured and a star rise in Kurt Warner that ultimately led the Rams to their only Super Bowl win. Preseason isn't meaningless. But as you said, its also not something we need to stake too much into.

Noodle Arm = No Playoffs

that or 6 INTs in the first round

I still believe we are a 10-6 to 11-5 playoff team. We're young and will get better as the season wears on.

Noodle Arm = no deep threat and cheating up Defense.

pat white ? we need you in the game .

wallace catch

At least we're consistently inconsistent!

Posted by: FB | August 27, 2010 at 09:28 PM

Haven't had a chance to be consistent FB, its still preseason and the starters haven't played past midway thru 3rd quarter yet. What kind of consistency are you expecting ?

I just purged Henne out of my system. The Penne remedy is working fine so far.

hey MORONS don't worry HOBBS was a 6 yr starter DEPTH BABY, REMEMBER you a holes just are so happy to have the best DEPTH

The highlight of Lambala's brief Fin career, lol.

True. But preseason isn't always meaningless. It was during preseason I saw Trent Green get injured and a star rise in Kurt Warner that ultimately led the Rams to their only Super Bowl win. Preseason isn't meaningless. But as you said, its also not something we need to stake too much into.

Posted by: DLT | August 27, 2010 at 09:31 PM

You are right DLT, but what I mean is, if Henne makes 3 bad decisions in a preseason game it doesn't mean he's not ready to start. ETC...I think you get it, but a lot of people just don't and it gets kinda annoying

No matter how bad people say Henne was tonight....I just cant get it in my head that Pennington is a better option. Its not not happening.

This team is garbage; it needs to be recycled.

GUY CHILL OUT Pennington is a Rookie give him some time

Sorta surprised about Lex Hilliard. Really thought we would see more of him.

You know what, I've liked Chad Henne from the day we've drafted him. I really want him to do well because he has so much potential. But I think at some point during the regular season, Chad Pennington will be our starting quarterback. Henne put up great numbers against a Jaguars' defense that looked pitiful. But the following week, he cant complete 50% of his passes.

EFF N AY is garbage .henne sucks big time .

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