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Bobby Carpenter makes the move from OLB to ILB

When Bill Parcells and his people arrived in Dallas in 2003, Andre Gurode was languishing as an ordinary interior lineman who wasn't really a center and definitely wasn't a very good guard. Parcells and "his people," which included Tony Sparano let Gurode try to make a name for himself as a guard.

It failed miserably.

Well, rather than give up on Gurode, the Cowboys decided to make an investment in reworking his contract and moving Gurode to center.

Andre Gurode's career took off and he is now a perennial Pro Bowl player.

Well, the same group of people -- Parcells, Jeff Ireland and to a lesser degree, Tony Sparano -- drafted Bobby Carpenter out of Ohio State five years ago and tried to turn him into a 3-4 outside linebacker.

The idea failed. Carpenter was considered a bust until the moment the Cowboys cut him and he went to St. Louis. Then the Rams also cut him this preseason and the Dolphins signed him.

But rather than put him in the same position where Carpenter failed with two teams, the Dolphins found a niche for Carpenter at inside linebacker.

Despite joining the team only days before the regular-season opener at Buffalo, Carpenter actually started that game alongside Karlos Dansby. He also started last week at Minnesota. No, he's not playing every down, but rather on a situational basis.

He has only two tackles. But his goal-line stop of Adrian Peterson at Minnesota last week was an impressive and key moment in the game.

"During our time down there [in Dallas] with Bobby, we didn't kind of see him play inside as much as we're seeing him now," coach Tony Sparano said today. "And sometimes some of these guys start a little bit later. They really do, especially if you're bouncing them around positionally. With Andre, when we came in there he had just played a bunch of games at guard and when you watched it, it took us a while to figure out the best place to put him, too. Same thing with Bobby right now."

So can Carpenter possibly make the kind of leap at ILB that Gurode long ago made when he moved to center?

"Except we brought him in and immediately gave him a role. And that role, so we didn't confuse the whole thing because you look at him and he can play him outside or inside -- we didn't want to do that. We got him a role that he can help this football. But I can see him making that kind of improvement down the road, sure."

So consider this move permanent -- or as permanent as anything can be in the NFL.

"He's inside for a long time," Sparano said. "I'd like to keep him there for a long time."


Sparano said today was the best Friday practice the team has ever had since he's been coach. That is good news for the Dolphins as they wind down preparations for the New York Jets.

Typically, the Dolphins play well when they practice well.


Jets center Nick Mangold, out all week with a shoulder injury, practiced today in New Jersey. He is expected to start for the Jets. 


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Mark in Toronto , Beerphin and Odinseye. 3 guys who used to talk to NJ and be pretty friendly with him , now stabbing the guy in the back when he's no longer here. Taylor called the tuna a douche , you can add those 3 to the douchebag list along with being on the 2 faced list !

i really don't remember being cool to anyone in particular. i do remember disagreeing with most of what he said and then he became something like a obsessive fanatic lunatic bout football it biased my opinion to think whatever he said was arrogant spew.

beerphin , obsessive fanatic lunatic bout football . you mean like you being on here everyday all day and night . even right now on a friday night at 11:35 ?? what a hypocrite !!

I actually miss several of the old bloggers. Even the one's I didn't agree with. NYScott, Nataniel Doddsworth, and even, yes, Jersey and booby....I'd trade the dozen, or single, multi-faceted retard for them in a heartbeat...OK, maybe not booby

good night phin fans everywhere , can't wait til sunday night !!

marc, i agree. at least those guys brought something to the table regarding football , instead of the pre school garbage and the amatuer hour stuff that goes on around here

im glad to be alive and able to argue about nothing important. the dolphins can win, easily, this Sunday! Go Dolphins, and while I'm on a roll, bless their fans!


Your so full of sheet your eyes are brown.

I never stabbed NJ in the back and I don't talk about him behind his back.

You're a piece of work you punk, let's go over to the sentinel right now and see if he's got a problem with me.

I made a little joke about him saying I told you so. That's it.

When NJ says I told you so, it's because he was right and that's because he knows football. Alot of people may or may not have had problems with him, i didn't because to me he was ALWAYS respectful and he wasn't just running off at the mouth like you do. He pretty much knew what he was talking about.

I always got along with him and I still do. Cross post what I said about him and he'll tell you himself to STFU! You're a punk, you say my name again and I'll slap it out cha mouf!!!!

Carpenter looked like the weak link on the D last week in Minnesota.


I sure could use a blessing.

Heatdolphins, have i ever even talked to you before? nope . And it's only 11 where i'm at and am happily staying in tonite with my woman. Worrying bout what I do or who i choose not to like on here becuz it upsets ur feelings seems pretty gay. thanks for your input tho duly noted. on Heatdolphins douchebag list got it...

HeatDolphins shows up here for the first time ever, throws some name around and then runs like a little stanky P U S S Y!

Can't even use your real alias(LOL) you piece of rodent sheet!

What happened? Did your Bone hawker come home early tonight? You little wiener sucking Sancheezebag.

What a F U C K I N G troll!!!!

Your forecast for Sunday night in Miami:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 76 to 80. Light winds.

And so it came to pass that the Mighty Dolphins took the Paper Airplanes in hand and crushed them and sent them home like squealing pigs.

Book of Dolphins - Chapter 3 Verse 5.


That was beautiful Man!



r and r, i'll try to post on the dolfan site.

r and r

heatdolphins, your synapses are not connecting! please see a neurologist!

hot ashley, where are you? and oh yeah, CM also?

Odin- you're on fire tonight my man!! Good football insights and a hilarious smack-down. Freakin awesome! I agree with you're take on Crowder as well.

Redsky-Glad to hear you're ok!

thanks buckeye, me too!

Here are my game predictions.

-We loosen up on offense a tad and Henne throws for 2 scores (1 to Marshall and 1 to Fasano)
-We get 3 sacks
-Rush for combined 115 yds
-Wife asks me repeatedly why I am screaming one minute and jumping out my chair doing Tony Sparano fist-pumps the next

God I love football season!!!

odin, who is heatdolphins?????

What was Homes prediction for the Dolphin $ Jets game?
Someone please post his prediction, i want to make a large wager on the game.
Thank you. Go Phins!

Kinda miss those guy's they were ok,nothin wrong with being a hard core fan

People are still talking about Mr. Ted Ginn Jr as a coach i will give you my opinion about him. He is a good person but not an every down player. Ted Ginn jr is a weapon to be used in situations and on trick plays.He not big enough to be asked to make good blocks and take big hits.Therefore a coach must put his players in position for them to excel. He just wasn't used right.He has speed and you cant coach speed and he is a jet killer.He was bad mouthed and blamed to much for our team losses.We win as a team and lose as a team.Yes,Mr.Ted Ginn jr would have made us a better team.

Home's current perDicktions-
Stock market will crash at end of August
I am a 100% lock to make Dolphins
Omar is a monkey
Home is a 30 year old fit male

Patrick Turner

Less checkdowns please!!!I would rather see a QB throw it away.I can imagine how that conversation goes in the huddle "WTF man?..you tryin' to get me killed out there in the flat"?I would love to see Henning take the training wheels off of Henne.Henne needs to use his tools!!

Trust Me!!!! i spoke w/ Henning yesterday over a FourLoco( not really) He told me in his sleep he hears fans voices saying horrible things. He will air it out sunday night for the Fans and the Beast!

Fins Win! 28-9


The stars are aligned for Henne to have a stellar day! Miami will pound the Jets D and move the ball consistently the entire game. The offense is becoming efficient in everything they do... and the Dolphins D will shut down nyj firmly.

During the final two minutes, Ryan will be standing on the sidelines, realizing there is nothing his team can do, embarrassed once again, hands on hips, wondering what happened to his team, how could they look so bad, how could they make so many mistakes, mind racing as to how to spin this...

Tony Suprano and his team will start to get the recognition they have earned...

I hope David "big mouth" Harris gets shook out of his jock!I for one am sick of the wildcat but after his comments...I hope we ram it right down his throat.

Also,I haven't been impressed even remotely by the play(or lack thereof)of one Tim Dobbins.Anybody that thinks he is an upgrade is a dreamer.He is a slow Channing Crowder.At least Crowder is fast enough to chases the ball carrier into someone that can make a tackle.Just my humble opinion.

Sorry, I forgot to sign in on Typepad.My prediction Miami 24....Ny 14

Actually Bell made the stop on third down. If you watch the play again Bell makes the tackle and screams from the excitement.

No really, what is Home`s prediction on the Jets game? Last year he predicted a Miami sweep of the Jets and posted it at the beginning of the season. I`m not interested in the trolls jealous of Home.

I dont think Home came out with his prediction yet on the Sunday night game.

Steve CNV, go to the KKK blog if ur so intersted in Home. No one here gives two shyts what that Racist Coward thinks...unless of course u are Home, which would make sense since onlyan A S S Hole like Home would make up a fake name to call for himself on a blog. Douchebag

Forget the air assault
Dolphins will run for 200 yards.

Fins 21
Jets 14

Home Fan = Steve CNV = Home. The Fukin Racist Coward has to actually make up names calling for his predictions cause no one else gives a shyt!!! LMAO Blog has been soooo nice this week without you p u s s y. Go back to your Klan meeting and wash ur robe

bobbyd12 why are you so angry and insist on ruining the blog with your hatred. Please do not post here with such hatred and attacking other bloggers.

Home already posted the Miami Dolphins start the season 4-0. Bobbyd12, why would home make up other names? Brotha, you need to get your head band examined.

Home is the one who ruins the blog with all his unsolved mysteries x files bull sht.

I could of predicted the Dolphins would sweep the Jets and the Dolphins would beat the Patriots by one point too, but i dont like to brag like Home!
I also knew Sean Smith would be benched this year!

Home thinks he is sooo F-U-K-I-N-G smart predicting last season the Dolphins would lose their first two games last year and win their first four games this year. Duh! I could have told you that too, but i dont have an ego problem!

Why Bill??Cause Home is a RACIST..
called Omar a monkey, used the N word with me, uses racist words like shukin n jiving
2. Home is a COWARD he talks big but whencalled out he rums and hides
3. He is an ANTI-AMERICAN who hates his country
4. As you see he makes up shyt, such as using my name, as in the last 3 posts here
5. RACIST, COWARD, ANTI- AMERICAN P U S S Y. ypu wanna kiss his asa Bill be my guest
Home is a worthless piece of SHYT in mycountry
and simce the COWARD RACIST is to scared to meet me face to face to spew his hatred i will continue to call him out here, udont like it Bill TOO BAD

I'm not even intelligent enough to have an ego problem, but Mom says I'm just fine the way I am.

God I love the Lingerie Football League!

Talk about studying game film.

Lebrons headband, i dont give a shyt what he predicts. Hes an anti-american, racist coward. He is everything wrong about being an American and a human being, which over rides his Dolphons predictions. By tge way, he also predicted Turne was a lock, the Stock market wouldbe 7000 at the end of August and people would be hoardinggold. Anyone can throw out a shyt load of predictions and some be right.

F u c k Home who thinks if your not a lily white male ur not a person. RACIST COWARD

Only white people are racist and cowards!
I am an intelligent African. I am waitng outside the stadium now to fight someone i do not know.
Do not know why i post rum and hide. oohh i`m so angry in My Country and will die for Obama and my Aunt Jemiaha. Pass the pork and grape soda. Dont make me Axe u again. I`m still waiting outside the stadium.

Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

Ozzy Osbourne
Crazy Train

biggest game of the year and i have to listen to some ignorant idiot on a rant how he does not like white people or local super fan, "Home"

Go Away bobby the racist and get a belt, you look like dumbAZZ holding your pants up

Go Dolphins!

My opinion i thought we got gashed by the run a little when they ran directly at wake, and sometimes they caught us in an oberload to one side---and just attacked the gap, mcdaniel got sealed a little bit too---but i think both guys also made some plays in the run game---Dobbins missed to many tackles and i thought he wasnt very active---i would like to see Carpenter get more reps

bobbyd, why don't you leave home alone and get in talking w/the great ODIN . odin gave you an opening about the LINGERIE LEAGUE .


Odin i would drink neither! im more vodka or cognac ! yes you gave stats when i said channing was always top 2 on team in tackles! this disagreement is pointless b/c when channing is healthy he will start! dobbins is special team ace and for run defense only, meaning he's in there to stop the run! Carpenter special team ace, even though his career stats dont show it he's supposed to be great in coverage! now with misi,wake already blitzingand channing and dansby on the field we can take out a dlineman insert carp or dobbins and the opposing offensive would never know whoses coming or whose in coverage! withbout channing you know exactly whats gonna happen! im thru on this one till he plays or get cut!!

C'mon man!

Ozzy was a junkie alcoholic for YEARS!

He's "accidentally" bitten the heads off Doves and Bats.

He's still more civilized than you sick puppies.

Get a grip people, that Racism sheet went out with Al Capone.

Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

Ozzy Osbourne
Crazy Train

I've listened to preachers
I've listened to fools (ebonic bobby12d)
I've watched all the dropouts (brain stem bobby12d)
Who make their own rules (black racist crying foul)
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving booby insane
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words

Heirs of a cold war
That's what we've become
Inheriting troubles boobys mentally numb
Crazy, I just cannot bear
I'm blogging with something' that just isn't fair(NAACP racists hypocrites)


(( to learn how to love and forget how to hate ))

Boston College #1 gainst the run

kansas players can't use sell phons after 10;00 pm last night plus can't f,,k girls after 9;00 pm last night .

some players protested these rules and said that girls help them defeat the enemy /lol

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