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Some contested starting jobs have already been won

The Dolphins will break training camp Thursday. That means the opportunities to win jobs, particularly starting jobs, during training camp are dwindling.

"We're going to get into the paring down process now," coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday. "We're going to spend a lot more time in meetings and a little less time on the field."

And as the coach confirmed when I asked, less time on the field means the players working with the second-team will have fewer chances of erasing the gap the players working as starters established since July 30 when camp opened.

"When you have fewer opportunities, and the team knows this because I've told them, I've been very, very clear with the fact that they need to make opportunities now," Sparano said. "Because when training camp breaks, eventually I'm charged with getting the team ready to play that's going to get ready to play. I have to start to identify those people and get those people in positions to play.

"Some of these people that have been getting a lot of reps because you have two-a-days, those things are going to be fewer and further between. When that stuff starts to happen, yeah, you get fewer opportunities. So as I told the team you need to be showing us what you want to show us right now."

Well, in some cases where jobs were available at the start of camp, the decision has been made as to the starter. I am told by a source that barring a total meltdown in the coming two games -- an unlikely proposition -- second-year man Chris Clemons has won the starting free safety job for Miami. Sparano has not confirmed that, but he makes no secret of the fact he like Clemons with veteran Yeremiah Bell back there.

"I did this math yesterday and they've played 945 plays this training camp and they have four total mental errors between the two of those guys," Sparano said. "Early on during our first year year, I couldn't tell you the number of problems we were having back there. With those two players back there there's a good influence coming with young people in the ballgame. With the Vontaes [Davis]and the Sean Smiths and the [Nolan] Carrolls, having those two back there has been pretty good."

I am told by the same source that Joe Berger has similarly beaten out Jake Grove for the starting center job.

Again, if either Clemons or Berger totally tanks in the next two weeks, then the team reserves the right to make a change. That's the case with any player that tanks throughout the season. But the decision on them as starters is otherwise made.

And they are not alone.

Rookies Koa Misi and Jared Odrick have pretty much won starting jobs at strongside linebacker and right end, respectively. Misi, barring a total meltdown, has held off Ikaika Alama-Francis for the starting job. Odrick started training camp ahead of Marques Douglas and has remained there.

As for the still undecided starting jobs at right guard and left guard, the next several days will be key.

"The separation will come here in the next several days," Sparano said.

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football was my life then until now .



Paul Warfield didnt come back to the Dolphins when the World Football League folded(went back to Cleveland) yet he's still in our Honor Ring. Have no problems with JT being placed there too.

That still doesnt mean I wouldnt like to see Jake Long break his friggin neck this season, lol.


i remember a time when i was 3 years old and my dad would through the football at me and says catch it .that was a great time .

Posted by: ALoco | August 18, 2010 at 06:43 PM


Guess that was when footballs were actually referred to as "the rock" and the most common nickname for little boys was "Bam-bam." LOL

LOL At Dying........

Odin, Will your "PO" allow you to leave your area??? LOL

LOL@Cuban...

no dyingbreed......i remember he was playing football w/me not like most fans in here they never seen a football in their life .

these were the days ,marino's days not JT the gypsy and merling the women beater .

Good for Clemons. I was betting on Culver.

beerphin,

I agree and I think they will be.

Watch the 1st quarter of last weeks game. I watched every snap the starters were in at least 5 times apiece.

The O-line was eating people up. John Jerry was excellent, even on the 4 plays he pulled.
Jake Long stood his guy up on a pass play. Cognito didn't have anyone to block. He swiveled his head back and forth once and like lightning, knocked the Sheet out of Longs guy. Carey probably graded out the worst, but he still wasn't bad.

I know it was only Tampa, but they were pushing their D-line around. I think that facing a Mike Nolan in practice everyday is already paying dividends.

what's with all these whiners about JT? He had a solid offer to make a couple of million so he took it while it was there, rather than wait around for the fins to make him an offer, and considering the way the draft went its highly unlikely they'd have brought him back. business is business, some of you act like he stole your girlfriend.



no dyingbreed......i remember he was playing football w/me not like most fans in here they never seen a football in their life .

these were the days ,marino's days not JT the gypsy and merling the women beater .


LOL....they've seen a football, but problem is, that's where it ends!

yolo, did you ever touch a football in your long life ?

P.S the name sound like the name of the mexican kid in the movie ( get shorty ))

aloco, sure I have, but that has absolutely nothing to do with my comment. did you skip all of your classes in reading and comprehension or just never got that far?

PS. your name sounds like a person in an asylum with no id

yolo,

We've been through all this before. Taylor was offered a deal. He turned it down.

That's completely different from what Zach did. Put Zach in the ring.

The only way I want to see JT is the same way I want to see Tom Brady. Laid out on their over-inflated, egotistical a s s e s !!!!

With the lights seeming to now come on for Jason Allen and the Emergence of Nolan Carroll Vontae Davis and Sean Smith may be on a very short leash if they continue to show propensity for giving up big plays.

odin, if he turned it down he had a reason. my point is this loyalty theme is total nonsense...the nfl is no different than any other business, loyalty is a very rare thing, need to do whats best for you. JT laid it on the line pretty solid while he was here, that is all you can ask of anyone. he was a class act here, putting him down now because he moved on is childish.

yolo, sound like inmate in jail .

yolo,yolo..did you get the stuff ??

Cuban,

My PO won't have any problems with it at all.

She's fallen in love with me. If everything goes according to plan(history repeating itself), she'll be so sick of me by week 2 she'll pay my air fare :)

LOL@ Odin...

odin, does she cook for you ? does she washes your cloths like mama maria ?

aloco has reduced himself down to making fun of someones name while totally ignoring the point of the conversation. people like that really get far in life.

Odin "REPRESENTING" The mighty Air-breathers folks, Who else well Represent the fins on the road??????? Step forward...

yolo, i am sorry...i thought you want that but again i like to say i am VERY SORRY THAT I OFFENDED YOU .PEace .

i can see you are truly very sorry, but no need to apologize. takes a bit more than that to offend me.

Aloco, Have you Regressed and started doing Inhalants again??? You made so much progress, what happened??

do we get money to do that cuban ?

No Money Aloco....

some times i get excited and i offend people but i truly don't want to.

yolo, you had the best posts tonight by far .

It's nothing personal with JT. He had to do what's best for him and his family, fine.

The facts of the matter are:

JT is a jet.

jets are the enemy.

No jet, whether full or part time belongs in the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor.

Summary: Death to all jets!!!!

I really miss the good ole days when you could have a good ole fashion knock down drag out fight then have a beer together afterwards.

Seems all we get now are girly-girl keyboard battle royals.


It's nothing personal with JT. He had to do what's best for him and his family, fine.

The facts of the matter are:

JT is a jet.

jets are the enemy.

No jet, whether full or part time belongs in the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor.

Summary: Death to all jets!!!!


Posted by: odinseye | August 18, 2010 at 07:20 PM


Yeah, real enemies they are, so far the current regime has signed at least 3 former Jets:

Jason Ferguson, Chad Pennington, now Randy Thomas was just signed today. I dont hate JT, just wnna see Jake Long break his friggin neck, lol.

i remember the days when i was 9 years old and my dad puts the gloves on me to fight my 12 years old until blood comes down my cheeks and my mom comes running with the ice cream ....these were the days ...days of marino .

Im a little old skool but I have a question. Do any of you young guys fistfight anymore?

dyingb, its not that at all, just when the blog drifts into pure nonsense it becomes a waste of time. surely there are other blogs for the under 15yo mentality crowd. maybe i am on the kiddie version of the herald, lemme check my url

Aloco,

I do all my own laundry and am very meticulous when it comes to keeping my house clean.

If you woke up drunk, hungover and single half as many times as me, you'd see it's just easier this way.

My girlfriends are Angels, but in reality they're just free agents and that means NO LONG TERM DEALS!!!!

vikings famous for fist fights w/one hand while the other hand has big fat sowrd .

lol@ odin .

When I was a kid if two guys were having a heated dispute someone would grab a handful of dirt. Then get between the two and say, "baddest man knock this dirt out of my hand. The baddest man knocks the dirt on the other guy and the fistfight was on.

Now I guess you would say, "baddest man strike the !-key on the keyboard. Then the internet fight is on!

Yeah, real enemies they are, so far the current regime has signed at least 3 former Jets:

Jason Ferguson, Chad Pennington, now Randy Thomas was just signed today.

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 18, 2010 at 07:26 PM

You make my point for me. Fergie, Penny and Thomas realized first hand how useless it is to be a jet. They repented of their sins and signed with a real team.

JT's dumb a s s keeps looking for the greener grass.

I'll bet JT's middle initial is E as in traitor!!!!


dyingb, its not that at all, just when the blog drifts into pure nonsense it becomes a waste of time. surely there are other blogs for the under 15yo mentality crowd. maybe i am on the kiddie version of the herald, lemme check my url

Posted by: yolo | August 18, 2010 at 07:30 PM


Yolo Ive learned that on the internet most times its best to ignore certain things and move on. Everybody's a tough guy behind thier keyboard and monitor, lol.

when I was a kid if two guys were having a heated dispute someone would grab a handful of dirt then get behind the two and shove some up their rear...

DB must be from west virginia or deep in the ozarks.

you're right DB...couldn't agree more...no sense fighting the current...i'm moving on...


when I was a kid if two guys were having a heated dispute someone would grab a handful of dirt then get behind the two and shove some up their rear...

DB must be from west virginia or deep in the ozarks.


Posted by: yolo | August 18, 2010 at 07:38 PM


No Yolo, I'm one of the very few on this forum that's actually from Miami. I am from Opa Locka, FL (Miami)

i remember the days when i was 9 years old and my dad puts the gloves on me to fight my 12 years old until blood comes down my cheeks and my mom comes running with the ice cream ....


Wow! Your Mom and Dad let your 12 year old sister beat you bloody?!?!

Hating On Jason Taylor Is Ridiculous. As A Dolphins Fan, Dont Do It. He Was Offered A Deal Early Summer, Not During Negotiations. We Did Him Wrong, And We Will Pay For It. Twice.
What Has Happened To The Once Dominate Miami Defense? With Overrated Crowdwr In There, A Too Green Secondary And Mediocre Rookies (i Would Trade Them All For Brandon Graham, Dez Bryant, Or Jermaine Gresham, They Are In Trouble. Hopefully Karlos Will Pick Them Up, But It Doesnt Look Good, Especially Looking At Six Out Of Our First Seven Games

i am not a tough guy behind my keyboard nor on the front of it.it's true i would avoid fighting at all coasts .

LOL@Odin

I am renouncing my throne as the God of War and annointing myself God of Moderators.

Aloco, Yolo and DyingBreed you're all banned for 48 hours for fighting.

No TV, no video games and no texting your buds. Straight to the time out chairs with the lot of youse!

The once dominant Miami D disappeared a long time ago once Arnsparger left. During all those years with Zach and Taylor they could never stop anybody when we really needed it. Dez Bryant seems fragile and injury prone, glad we opted for Marshall.

how you know odin it's was my dear sister ? she has 3 kids and married to a fin fan .

bla, bla, bla, bla, bla...

Yeah, our defense is trouble alright. Young, big, strong and fast. They forced 4 turnovers in their first pre season game giving up only 7 points.

I miss the good ole days when coaches like Wanny, Cammy and Saban knew how to build dominate defenses.

Woe is me.............................

how you know odin it's was my dear sister ? she has 3 kids and married to a fin fan .

Posted by: ALoco | August 18, 2010 at 07:47 PM

Your sister obviously has good taste in men if she married a Dolphin fan.

She sounds like a Babe!

Guys?

GUYS?

I was just kidding, your not really banned.


Guys?

DAMN!

lol@ odin.............................................cuban is a sleep ,he did wish us (( a fantistic night )) .

he did not wish us

ALoco you dont like to fight. Then what is your style??? I will tell you my style of fighting.

marinofan13 says:
August 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm
I’m out, gentiles, fellow Phin fans, and those who believe that true love with one of FFR’s NLCs is attainable (LOL!).

Peace to Carlito, Jahndoh, Mike E, Tryp, Fatass Jack, Diggs (yeah, MF13 was pissed!), Omar, Mike Berardino, and the rest of the Mob.

GO PHINS!!!

copied from ss, please folks dont act like this, having to say goodnight to everybody and calling yourselves the MOB.

did you notice the kiss as s (( peace to omar and mike berardino and the rest of the mob )) .

carlito started to kiss omar as s also .

Penith Lamb Sausages, Go Fins

I just love hot sweaty men in uniform.

Can't wait for the season to start :-)

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