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About the good defense and frustrating offense

CINCINNATI -- The calendar has flipped to November. Awesome! This means the weather is getting colder and the NFL is getting hotter.

And because we have reached to point in the season when we start to look at the potential playoff contenders, because this is the time of year teams begin to separate relevant from not, this is also the time of year standards have to rise if one's team is going to be part of the relevant contender crowd.

The Dolphins believe themselves to be in the contender crowd. So I am holding them to a higher standard now because I want them to make the playoffs and be relevant.

And that is why I wrote what could be described as a column with a critical view following Sunday's victory over the Bengals.

I didn't celebrate the wonderfulness of a fourth road victory in four outings because, frankly, with the exception of the Green Bay game, I don't think that record has a lot to do with being exceedingly great on the road. I believe the Dolphins have an 0-3 record at home because they've played their three toughest games -- New York, New England, Pittsburgh -- at home. I believe they have 4-0 record on the road because, other than Green Bay, the teams Miami has beaten are terrible -- wherever they find themselves playing.

Buffalo, Minnesota and Cincinnati are terrible. They have a combined record of 4-17. They are what their record says they are, as Bill Parcells once famously said.

So I dismiss the road warrior myth. If the Dolphins can go on the roard and win 2 of 3 against Baltimore, New York and New England, I will be the first applauding their prowess on the road. Until then ... we should take those victories, with the exception of the outstanding Green Bay win, with a grain of salt.

I am not too comfortable being critical of a team after a victory. It's a victory!

But as I write in the column, a victory over a collapsing Cincinnati team isn't the goal this year. The playoffs are the goal this year. And the production the Dolphins are getting from their offense this year is troubling. One of the most troubling aspects of that not-good-enough production is this team cannot find Brandon Marshall in the end zone.

Marshall has caught one touchdown pass this year. One.

The excuse, er, reason the Dolphins give for not getting him the ball enough in the end zone is that teams are bracketing him with double coverage. Whatever. I asked Marshall if this is any different than what happened in the past. Read the column to see his answer, please.

The last three years Marshall has scored 23 touchdowns. That's an average of nearly 8 TDs per year. He has one now. Something has to get corrected to increase that number. Something has to get corrected so that Miami's best offensive weapon is getting the ball when the Dolphins are in the red zone.

Now, I must tell you some members of the Dolphins knew where I was going with today's column before I wrote it. And one astute member of the organization asked that I at least balance it with the fact the defense is playing very well. My balance was probably not good enough. I mentioned that Miami's defense is playoff caliber. Anyone disagree with that?

But let me add some more here: Mike Nolan's unit spent all of last week practicing against the no-huddle because the Bengals showed it against Baltimore the week before. Practices actually ended early last week because of that work against the no-huddle, which is kind of a hurry-up attack. Well, the Bengals came out with the no-huddle and shredded Miami on the first drive.

Then Nolan adjusted. He benched Jason Allen. He didn't have Allen share time with Sean Smith as was the plan. He put Allen's hind quarters on the bench and let him go play special teams while he searched for a more effective player on that day.

Don't you wish the offensive approach was similar? How many times has Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams been the hot running back, but offensive coaches stubbornly stick with their platoon plan and give an almost equal share of carries to the tepid as well as hot runner?

Nolan and his coaches basically discarded the plan to share snaps between Allen and Smith and went with Smith. It paid off as Smith had good coverage much of the day and even turned in his first career interception.

The Miami defense blitzed, which is why Benny Sapp was in the backfield so much. The defense mixed man and zone and matched up Vontae Davis against Chad Ochocinco. Davis basically erased Mr. 85 from the game.

"We knew one thing Carson [Palmer] does is read the fakes," said safety Yeremiah Bell. "Me and Chris [Clemons] tried to mix it up. In the first drive, [Palmer] was being patient and waited a little bit. He was trying to make us show our hand. But after that first drive, we started hanging in there and started getting him into some things we wanted to get him into."

Did the defense have moments of struggle? Sure, the Bengals running game had plays when it got wide of the edge and also did good work on cutback runs. But the cutbacks were basically eliminated in the second half.

Oh, that's called an adjustment. Good work gentlemen.

 

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Can we waive Dan Henning? Maybe we get lucky and the Jets pick him up to make sure he doesn't go to the pats

IMO Moss makes more sense for us than anyother team having at shot at him before us. The Redskins are before us but I dont see Moss and Shanahan coexisting at all.

Dallas? Moss still pissed about Cowboys passing on him during draft day when Jerry Jones promised they would select him.

Jets dont need him but it doesnt mean they still arent interested in stocking an already stocked roster.

If we dont take him Belichek may definitely take him back. It would workout like the JT-Redskins trade worked for us. Free upper level draft pick and get the player back. Belichek would be absolute ecstatic if Moss were not claimed.

Odinseye,

What are you talking about? He was released today. It's all over the Internet. What are you talking about?

There's talk the Cowboys are interested in Moss. I think that's hilarious!! There's no question that Jerry Jones is becoming Al Davis East....I mean, SERIOUSLY!!.....your team is 1-6, how does he figure that Randy Moss is going to make ANY difference to that team. It's no wonder they are lousy!....the owner has NO clue!

Craig M,

I almost hate to disagree with you.......BUT!

Belicheat would take him back in a second!

Then astutely and promptly trade him away for a 4th rounder this time-LOL!!!!

Boulderfinfan,

It'll take a lot more than just one shutout loss by thier offense before the Jets began looking at Dan Henning as a savior.

PTI just refered to the Dolphins as the most underrated team in the NFL

john Claytons possible landings for Moss,

1. Rams
2. Seahawks
3. Redskins
4 Dolphins
5. Chiefs

Odinseye,

Let's see who's right. I highly doubt Belichik would take him back. He couldn't wait to get him off the team before. He was becoming a distraction before, with his talk of wanting a new contract and sulking. They got rid of him and replaced him with the more relaible Deon Branch. I highly doubt he will bump Branch after giving up a 4th round pick for him. Let's see who's right. And don't forget.....the trade deadline has come and gone.

mossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmossmoss......................................................................................................................................................................................................NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE PASSED ON HIM ONCE!!!! NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE COACH OF THE MIN WILL BE FIRED .THE COACH INFORMED THE MEDIA OF MOSS MOVE AND SOME PEOPLE SAYING OWNER DIDN'T KNOW OF THE MOVE

cut hartline and sign moss. get rid of henning as soon as possible. the "o" will be way more productive and they will start scoring touchdowns. let henne run the offense if he's their guy, he can change plays at the line, if he's capableof doing so. they say it's a qb driven league, so let him loose!

Craig M,

It might be all over the Internet but he hasn't been released as of right now.

The waiver wire is posted/e-mailed to team officials, by the NFL everyday with a 4:00pm deadline.

When the waiver wire was posted by the NFL today Moss was not on it.

Childriss informed the players of his intentions this morning and from there in turned into wildfire.

For some reason, the Vikings front office failed to officially release him.

I'm just saying, there could be some internal power struggle going on.

If you see the hug Moss gave Belichick after the game, you'll understand ho w much Randy respects him. And well he should, well he should.

SIGN MOSS!!!!!!
FIRE HENNING!!!!!!
NOW!!!!!!!!!

IT'S CONFIRMED NOW ON THE WAIVER WIRE ....NO WAVING OF RANDY MOSS ......SLEEP TIDE SNEAKS .

odin, source please??

Craig,

I was making the Belicheat comment tongue in cheek.

Actually I do agree with you, at least on Beli not wanting him back.

nevermind.

OSCAR, IF YOU LIVE IN BOSTON YOU WILL UNDER STAND HOW THE FANS ARE,THEY GAVE STANDING OVATION TO MOSS AND KRAFT HIMSELF BEFORE THE GAME CAME AND HUGED HIM .


(( IT'S ONLY BUSINESS MIKE,ONLY BUSINESS ))

Standley,

Jason Lacanfora on the NFL Network: The NFL has released the waiver wire to authorized personel, Randy Moss is NOT included on it.

what a mess!

THE MIN COACH WIILL BE OUT BEFORE MIDNIGHT SNEAKS .

If This Happend, the only way Moss would work is If Henning is Fired cause Marshall has more patience for this sorry excuse we have for an Offense.Moss would lose his Cool every game.

WE SHOULD THANK GOD FOR OUR HC SINCE HE CAME AND RESTORED RESPECT AND HARD WORK .

NICE TO SEE OTHER TEAMS IMPLODING LIKE MIN AND COWBOYS .NO FELT BAD FOR US WHEN WE WERE 1-15

Sounds like a power struggle is a brewing.

Childress has control over 53 man roster per contract.

He didn't inform the front office or the owner of his decision.

They in turn failed to file the paperwork.

Thank God I'm a Miami Dolphins fan-LOL!

it has been confirmed, moss released by vikings.

Odinseye,

Teams have until 4pm TOMORROW to claim Moss. I have no idea about any list and who or who isn't on it but Moss has been released. It's confirmed by Vikings personnel people.

so much for lombardi dotting his i's and crossing his t's! like he said he did before reporting this mess!

watch espn chris mortenson will give a list of teams.

You guys are wrong and Lombardi just admitted it's been reported prematurely.

He MAY get waived tommorrow, but as of right now Moss is a Viking!

Nobody can make a claim, because the owner and front office )for some reason) failed to honor Childress's decision.

Fire Henning, Sign Moss!!!!!

pats always cut guys before they pay them big money, except for very,very few!! moss is no longer in New England b/c he talked about contract in the press!! moss should be credited with helping welker achieve the stats he has!! its a no brain-ner moss and marshall is not a combination you can double with bess in the slot!! Its only for the rest of the season so you dont have to worry about long term, and im sure he'll be motivated to play with us(jets and pays on schedule)!! he could open the offense up like harline or bess ever could and bess will be a beast underneath! there will be no way to stack the box with him and marshall in the game!! for the sake of the team you pick this guy up!!! the catch on revis alone is worth the risk!!! he can not affect channing b/c he plays offense!! dansby has that under controll

Did We Get Moss Yet????

We should pick em up, we have NOTHING to lose by picking up Moss.

Upside is HUGE!

No brainer.

MIN is not done yet

Brad Childriss is in trouble.

Mark my words, this ain't over.

Can you spell POWER STRUGGLE!!!!

it was lombardi who reported this mess 1st!!

Dolphin4Life,

You're right. They should run and not walk to sign this guy. But I don't think it will happen. I think someone will sign him before he gets to us. He's be ideal for the Rams, Chargers or Lions. Very little risk and nothing but $3.88 million to give up.

this is bad reporting by espn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the MIN COACH WILL BE FIRED BEFORE THE DAY IS OUT .

it was reported 1st by NFL networks Michael Lombardi!!

Listen, as much as i dislike guys like Moss, IF and its s big IF he gets past the waiver wires to us, we take him for the rest of the year, no ifs and or buts. That is my opinion

KTAR in Phoenix just reported that Mike Sando of ESPN has reported the Seahawks and Dolphins have already reached out to Moss's agent. Just relaying info.

Yeah!

What B12 said...........

my thinking with those teams mentioned are young and really dont need the headache!! if he goes to the rams he could hurt the growth of bradford,if the rams lose a couple of games(he'll shut down)!! bills really dont fit,kc winning without him(young team),san deigo see vincent jackson!! lions also young team!! we are the only team capable of taking on his personality and not miss a beat!! the only thing that scares me are the the teams that passed on TO to only see he still has gas in the tank!!!

all i know is as of now the phins are 18th on the waiver wire. right in the middle!

Dying, you're wrong buddy, Redskins are DYING for another WR. I think they'd take Moss in a heartbeat. Then they'd have the Moss Bros. (to contend against the Marks Bros.). Shanahan respects players who PLAY (not sit out of OTAs and come into preseason out of shape). Right now, his STAR WR is Anthony Armstrong (remember him, the guy who couldn't even make our team when our #1 WR was Ted Ginn, Jr.?). And they're slippin' hard. So they need some help on offense. So I doubt Moss gets by the Redskins if he even gets THAT far.

People, you're putting too much stock in Moss' supposed "history." Let me tell you all you need to know about Randy Moss, he's going to the Hall of Fame, and he has about 2 years left in him. So get him while you can!

nothing about the dolphins being interested.

What ever is going on in viking land....Odin has done his due dilegence and scooped us all....even before ESPN and other's rush to correct their premature reporting.

OUTSTANDING ODIN.

And i'm on here debating why we should NOT sign him and its not even confirmed that he has been released.

They even fooled Moss's agent..so i don't feel to bad

yea the redskins are the only team dumb enuff to fu$k this up for us

Doesn't Moss have the right to pick a team?

THE MIN COACH WILL BE FIRED SHORTLY,IT'S A VERY GOOD REASON TO GET REAdy of dumb coach/manger

I'm with DC on this: we ought to go for Moss. With Marshall and Moss, defense can't double team anyone and there will be no more excuse for Henning or Henne not to go to one of those receivers.

I'm not worried about Moss' attitude. Remember Marshall and Incognito had the same concern coming in - and look how well behaved they turn out to be. If Moss doesn't like talking to the press, then Miami is the right place for him because the Ireland/Sporano won't let players talk anyway.

If Randy Moss has not been waived, than all the major news sources are going to be very embarrassed.

Its everywhere.........

Waiver rules suc k

Odin,

Hats off to you brother. You got the proper scoop on this. It could be the ticket out of town that Childress needs. They suck with him running the show anyways.....so no big loss. If I'm not mistaken he is an offensive head coach, so I'm wondering, is he a guy we look at as OC next year. I know he's lousy as a HC but some of these guys are good co-ordinators. Just saying....

RANDY MOSS STILL A VIKING

Henning Must GOOOO!!!!
Henning is gonna Sink this Ship!!!
Before the cinci game did anybody really think Henning would finally open it up?
Henning wont open it up!
Fire Henning Now!!!!!!!!!
Sign Moss!!!!!

NFL Network & CNN SI, say he has been waived.

CNN SI has it top story online.

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