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Miami future cloudy for Brown, Williams

It is clear the Dolphins have no intention of signing either Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams to contract extensions before the end of the season. That's interesting because both are scheduled to be free agents for 2011 (assuming there's a season) and neither are absolutely certain of being back with the team for varying reasons.

Both Williams and Brown have addressed the issue to some extent this week. Ronnie Brown was on my radio show, Armando and the Amigo this week, and his words clearly suggested he'd like to be in South Florida, but ...

"It's really out of my control," Brown said. "I want to be here, I love playing for the Dolphins, but that's kind of out of my hands."

The Dolphins and Brown are not currently negotiating a new deal, at least not with any sort of consistency. The Dolphins also haven't slipped Ricky Williams a post-it note with contract extension numbers -- something Bill Parcells did with Williams the last couple of times he offered Williams an extension.

(Obviously, Parcells is gone but I wonder if general manager Jeff Ireland picks up the practice from his mentor.)

Williams, enigmatic and unpredictable, speaks with the local media only rarely for reasons known only to himself. But he addressed his future, sort of, with the New York media on a conference call Wednesday.

"I have no idea," Williams said when asked if he sees himself in Miami next year. "I mean, I'll be a free agent after this year ... after this year it's kind of wait and see. You know if someone wants me and they can convince to do this one more year, I definitely would be open to the opportunity. But if not, I'm happy with what I've been able to accomplish in my career."

It seems to me one or the other, but not both Williams and Brown will return to the Dolphins next year.

Fact is it would be cheaper for the Dolphins to draft a running back and replace one of the two veterans, then depend on one of the two along with rookie during the coming season. Of course, Miami could blow both Brown and Williams out and go with a rookie and Lex Hilliard and someone else in the backfield.

Fact is Brown is likely to get some offers in free agency if he gets to that start of the open market because while he has not put up elite statistics with the Dolphins, he has been solid and could be better behind a better offensive line.

And maybe the Dolphins simply need to change things up a bit with their running back dynamic. I know the Dolphins like Williams and Brown together but neither of them is a break-away back. The Dolphins could definitely use a back that adds more speed to the backfield because the current duo isn't going to pop a 70-yard run to stun a defense very often.

That, by the way, is just my opinion. The Dolphins, plodding and even a bit slow on offense, seem to think Williams, for example, is quite fast, thank you.

"[He] still shows me that he’s got good top end and good burst and runs the ball hard, physical,” coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday.

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For those thinking we can get any value in a trade for Brown. That ship has sailed. Any trade value went out the window before the season started. Even then there were some here that thought we could garner a 2nd or third round pick for Brown. I understand why the Phins didn't trade him. No GM in their right mind would have given a high pick for Brown, so he had more value here then getting chopped for a 5-6th rounder. Also I'm sure the Phins were hoping that Brown would have a big contract year, and some sucker would over pay for him this offseason.

Ricky is the far better player. Ricky has 544 yards and a 4.5 avg. Ronnie has 589 and a 3.8 avg. Ronnie has 34 more carries but only 9 more First downs. This coaching staff has failed us Miami fans. Why wouldn't the more productive player stay on the field? Sparano and Henning are a bad combination. This team is very stale and needs a new direction.

I am on record saying I want Gruden. I want a proven winner. I don't want the young, hip unproven assistant.

I think if Miami finishes at least 2-2 then unfortunately the fist pump, glasses and moronic decisions will live. If Miami finds a way to screw up vs the Bills or Lions I think Sparano is a goner!

What I saw in the Ronnie Brown highlight video is that he gets caught from behind EVERY FRIKIN TIME. He has no extra gear, NONE.
Mark Ingram can be the next Maurice Jones-Drew. He'll be available in the mid to low round 1. He doesn't have the blazing speed, but the kid could motor.
Keep Soliai, give him the cash (with weight clauses, etc). He shores up the middle. Edds coming back boosts our LBs. Pick up Interior O-Line in the middle of the draft. Get a solid TE in FA. Pick up a speeding blazer for a wide out spot.

Whoever thinks Ronnie is a speed back, you are clearly not watching football. Ronnie is a shifty back who makes people miss, Ala CMart. His game is not ased on speed and thats why he will last in this league just like CMart did (and unlike guys like CJ in Tenn or Fast Willie).Look at the career rushing leaders in this league and what kind of runners they were.

The reason you see him making those shake and cuts in the backfield is because this team has no offensive line between the tackles, and an idoitic OC that runs Ronnie off tackle and Rickie inside (@ss backwards). Rickie should be run off tackle and they just dont run that many sweeps, - they try to get him outside on the wildcat on that play where Ricky comes across the backfield from a slot position and
Ronnie options inside or hands to Ricky outside. That is why the wildcat works*
Ronnie runs well inside - Ricky runs well outside.

*Now the wildcat works less because they just about never throw from it anymore and defenses are playing everyone on the run.
That is the fault of Henning. Lee & Sparano.
The lack of an interior line is the fault of Parcells Sparano and Ireland. There is plenty of blame, to go around, but it sure as hell doesn't belong on Ronnie Brown. He is one hell of a back in a sh***y system.

Off topic but interesting.

“…The first order of business that needs to be addressed is Chad Henne; it is clear that he is either not ready or must go. I agree, the play-calling in Miami has not been up to par, but many feel he never truly earned the starting job, while it was instead gifted to him even after being out-played in the preseason by Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen. When this guy is given the choice on an option, he still manages to botch the hand-off. He’ll over throw a wide-open receiver, he’ll under throw a player who then has to stop mid-route to catch the ball, only to be crushed by two linebackers. His mechanics look like that of a novice, he has horrible pocket presence, and up until recently, freaked when he could even feel a defender nearing and dropped to the floor. Unless Miami plans on drafting an early QB, they might as well not even bother with picking one up in the second round, they’d just be drafting another Henne all over again.”

Erik James – Bleacher Report

You are right Joe, the front office will have to do what they did last year in spending big money for players in their primes or close to it. I haven't verified it but I hear that the OL has some nice free agents coming up. I said before you have to come up with 4 players - I don't know exactly how you divy this up but you have to use ALL avenues - draft, trade, FA, CFL even. I know you can find a kick returner there.

cocoa - not sure I agree with that assessment but to each their own.

Henne will be given one more shot if Sparano is still in Miami plain and simple. If Sparano is fired then the new regime brings in the old cliche "thier guy".

Henne is painful to watch. Even when he is at his best there is so many missed opportunities. Blame the staff or whoever you want but he is so unsure of himself out there. He has a very strong arm but CAN'T make the deep throw. He over throws the WR every single time. The only deep ball he has ever hit was the Ted Ginn vs Jets throw. He CAN'T make the short pass because of no touch. I know the rule is if the ball hits the WR in the hands he should catch it but the zip he throws uncatchable hardly thrown passes at times. He struggles in zone schemes because he can't read defenses. He isn't mobile nor does he have the ability to at least move around the pocket. He is a statue back there. The most mobility I ever seen him have was this past week vs Cleveland and thats because he is afraid to throw the ball down field when his underneath guys are covered.

SUMMARY: Henne stinks. If Sparano can find a way to lose to the Bills which is possible because they can score points all of the sudden or the Lions to go along with IMO sure losses to a ticked off Jets team and New England fighting for home field advantage throughout then Sparano is done.

And if the Dolphins win 3 out of the next 4 then all this fire Sparano, Ireland and Henne nonsense goes away, which im praying will happen

What part Mark? Henne or picking a QB?

I think the assessment on Henne is accurate. Picking a QB, not so much.

It's a weak QB class and our overall 1st round pic will probably be in the low teens....putting us out of the running for Luck who seems to be the only halfway good choice.

I think some of you guys are off base... Ronnie can still play. Look at the highlight video, what is the most glaring to me is that the OLine actually blocks and creates some holes to run through... The terrible run blocking is to blame for both Ronnie and Ricky looking bad this year. No running back can run over multiple tacklers, especially when they start getting hit right when the get the ball with no speed going.

Ronnie ran like a 4.47 40 yard dash at the combine, yet many of you say he is too slow? What does Ingram run? Not going to be much faster if any.. Plus Ronnie is 230, Ingram is what, 215.

Adrian Peterson couldn't gain much behind this line... When there are no holes, there are no gains, plain and simple. Ronnie looked pretty good on that 50 yard run this in Minnesota, no? I was at the Raiders game and he looked good at times and ran hard, I was sitting down low, trust me.

Does anyone actually believe that Emmitt Smith was the best RB of all time? Or did he play for a powerhouse team with a great line?

If Miami lets both of them leave they are crazy. I would sign Ronnie, let Ricky go and draft a RB. But first, I am more concerned with O-Line and Henne.... These two things are far more important than RB for the Fins.

bobbyd12,

You are right if they finish 3-1 or even 2-2 I think Sparano is safe.

But honestly you think Sparano is an innovative coach that can produce a consistantly competitive team? You think Ireland has done a good job? I'm not sure exactly how much power if any Ireland has had in Miami up until Parcells leaving but seriously? Explain to me, please? I would love to see your point of view on this.

MickFins,

Ronnie is horrible. He is a ballerina out there. He is injury prone and averages almost a full yard less 3.8 to Rickys 4.5 behind the same average offensive line. Everyone looks great in a highlight film.

MickFins,

Ronnie isn't the same player he used to be. i hope we can agree on that. He doesn't have a single 100 yard game this year and I don't think you can play all of that on the OL. The footage you are looking at is footage from his career. There's not one play there that I recognize from this year. That's not a coincidence. They guy is done by a top end starter in this league. It is time to look for some fresh legs.

Am i the only one who's not concerned with the RB position at all whatever happens? Even if both are released, having a great RB will only get a team so far in todays NFL

Get one on the cheap or start Cobbs next season if we have too


I think if the Dolphins lose this week, which I expect them to do, the heat will be turned up on Sparano and crew. I believe to be safe he will have to win two of the remaining three to keep his job. I don't know if Ireland goes too. The thing we don't know is of all the misses they have had bringing new guys in how much input Ireland had and how much of it was Parcells and Sparano. I'm not saying I'm a big Ireland fan at this point, I'm just saying I don't know what the options would be for a new GM. I don't want Carl Peterson and I don't know who else is out there. IMO Ireland would get more time to make things better here. That may not be popular but that's kind of the way I'm leaning.

Mark,

You have to be kidding. Cobbs isn't a fulltime starter in this league. You don't have any concerns about the running game? You're not concerned we don't have a single 100 yard runner this season? Have you been watching the games this year? Let me guess.....it's all the offensive lines fault, right?

First, I don't think Henne has been incompetent this year. How many of the Dolphins losses can you put on him not doing his job? 1 to be fair (against Cle) - 2 max if I grant you that he could have done better against baltimore.

On the other hand - he's also singlehandedly won a couple of games (tenn and Oak).

Could he be better? yes, of course, he could and should be better. But this isn't John Beck, Ray Lucas, or AJ Feeley we are talking about here. Henne CAN and HAS played well for Miami. he just needs to be consistent which he isn't and it's not uncommon for young QBs to be inconsistent - that's part of growing up in the toughest position in all of sports.

Will he get better? I don't know - I hope so. But I know that we don't have any better solutions on the roster and we don't have anything that will help us in free agency, or immediately in the draft. He's obviously good enough to bring us 10 or 11 wins as a starter right now if we surround him with a top level run game and we have this current defense. Elite? No. Could be worse - definitely.

Now the club is giving him the opportunity - he has to run with it and make that leap next year. Throwing him to the curb right now is equivalent to doing all the foundation work on building a house then abandoning the project.

So to sum it up, give him another year but you better have another young guy in waiting just in case. Too bad the guy they previously selected was Pat White who didn't even belong on an NFL field or we might have had another option in waiting right now.

Andy J. Ok, first Im not going to say Sparano and Iteland cant improve, they all can. Like u stated, i have no idea how much power Ireland actually had with Parcells here either. Fact is our defense was a total disaster last year. With the draft, Dansby signing and bringing Nolan in, we have a pretty good D right now. I believe they should be given the opportunity to fix this offwnse this offseason. Henne, bottomline is 24 games isnt enough games to make that call. Someone posted 5 or 6 HOF QBd and their stats between 22-25 games. ALL had the same or worst stats then Henne. Bottomline is we have been starting over every 3 years or so for the past 15 years, and nothing has changed. Lets have some patience, we wer 1-15 three years ago, we have some good young talent so lets bite the bullet and give them next year. If nothing changes then i will happily jump on the lets get new next year. Need to Fire Henning though, no doubt

Craig M,

I agree. Just like I said earlier I don't know what Ireland has done if anything but scout for Parcells. I wonder now that he has control does he cut his loyalty lines or is he loyal to a fault and keep Sparano. I don't see anything in Sparano that says winner. His approach is to grind out every victory. Granted this might be the best way to win with the personel Miami has but his area of expertise is the offensive line and they have been average to slightly above average this year. The rah rah attitude seems dull and boring as well. He foolishly wastes timeouts, he hasn't even had the prescense of mind to take over a horrible offense that is 29th in the league in scoring and has attempted the most field goals (33) in the league. There is clearly a problem with the leadership of this team.

Craig,

What i'm trying to put across is that the Dolphins simply cannot upgrade everywhere on the team for next season, so the options we have to improve on is...

1)QB
2)RB
3)Offensive Line
4)Defense

Personally,i'd like to see Henne given another season so getting another starting QB is not an option

The Offensive Line is'nt too bad. It could be better but it's not the main problem as far as i'm concerned.

The Defense is still iffy so getting a starting CB and MLB is a massive priority.

So,i'm just saying that in order for us to become up to the standard of the Jets and Patriots,we need to have a far better passing attack (better WR'S maybe) and better players on Defense to compete.

I've read two mock drafts now that have us taking Ingram in the first and Stanzi in the third. I would be fine with that. I still think the OL needs some work and from what I hear there are some good pssibilities out there in FA. Only problem is you're going to have to give these guys Smiley type money, so I don't want to hear people blasting the Dolphins for going out and TRYING to make thir line better. That's the one thing that never seemed fair to me. These guys could have sat on their hands and done NOTHING like the Bills and Panthers in FA. They have TRIED to make this team better. It just hasn't always worked out.

When watching that you tube video and the best of ronnie brown's runs, he shows great initial burst at the line of scrimmage, but with most of all the runs, hes caught from behind by a safety or a DB.

I think the dolphins need to draft a guy who has that blend of power but break away speed. Where can we find the next Chris Johnson

The fins are dying flowers. You can water them all you want, but that is only hope, they'll only continue to fade.

The problem is this team has had NO leader at the very top since Joe Robbie. Huizenga was a good businessman, made hundreds of millions buying and then selling the fins, but he just gave the reins to ego heads and fools to do what they wanted without a care. Let's see if Ross has the balls to make something happen.

Craig M: I would also give Ireland another year, but Sparano has to go (even if we end up 8-8). I like the guy, but I've lost all faith in him. He's a positions coach who didn't do much with our high-priced O-line. And what has he really done as a HC other than personnel management and poor game/clock management? He's given complete authority of offense and defense over to Henning and Nolan because he can't strategize or make play calls. Seriously, how many positions coachs get promoted to HC position with no coordination experience (excluding interim)?

bobbyd12,

Dude I agree this team was a complete mess before they go here.

Year 1 was a team that played above their talent level and won a lot of close games. The Wild Cat for a year single handedly won games for Miami. Chad Pennington's efficiency won games for Miami as well.

Year 2 Miami didn't win those close games because of a horrible D and bad QB play at critical times

Year 3 Miami is losing because of bad QB play again and now bone head and bad coaching.

I wouldn't even mind keeping Ireland as long as he cans Sparano who seems to be over his head as a Head Coach.

So Mark, what you ARE saying is that of the four areas you want improved RB is one of them? That I would agree with.

Good website to sheck out guys.... www.walterfootball.com. He makes a lot of points why he thinks the Dolphins will BEAT the Jets this week. I don't agree with him but I have to admit he makes a pretty good argument. Check it out!

LAPhinsPhan,

100% in agreement bro. I keep saying over and over that his expertise as an offensive line coach hasn't produced any results and that is with a high priced line. He hasn't gotten the most out of what he has a background in. I think Sparano needs to go. I have no faith in him building Miami into a winner.

Let me ask again: what about bringing in Tim Tebow to compete with Henne? If he loses out, I think he would be serviceable backup. It's well reported that he has an incredible work ethics and I think he meets Parcells' criteria of being tough, smart and disciplined. He just needs a good QB guru like David Lee to show him how to be a pro QB.

He calls a Dolphins win this week his 5 star pick of the week. Thinks this game basically means nothing to the Jets and that they may be looking head. Interesting points.

Guys,we all have to realise that it's a passing league in todays NFL. Teams just dont become elite anymore by just having a great RB. The game has changed.

Look at 2 of the best Running Backs in the league in Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

Their teams have combined for a total of 10 wins whereas the Patriots have 10 wins themselves and are a very average 13th in rushing offense.

The ONLY way Miami are gonna become elite is if Henne steps up his game which i belive he will especially with a far more creative coordinator and get better plymakers on the Defense

Difficult most times to ascertain what we really are offensively. Under Dan Henning Ive seen some of the strangest use of offensive personel in about 35yrs of watching pro football and I wont even get into the sometimes suspect playcalling.

Just focusing on the rb position in particular, Hennings every other series usuage of Brown and Williams has been one of the most suspect usuage of the position Ive ever in my life witnnessed. This alone has been a momentum breaker and drive kliller for sure.

Offensive line? There isnt an oline in pro football that will dominate a defense evry single play. The absolute toughest thing to do period is consistently blow away defenses off tackle and up the middle. We dont have a back on the roster who can be a consistent edge threat.

To be a consistent upper echelon run unit requires being able to consistently threaten every single quadrant on the entire defensive front. In this factor we are clearly "edged out." It just blows me away that a regime who are supposed "run game disciples" have totally ignored this oh so important fragment of run game success.

Remember Mercury Morris, the perfect compliment to Larry Czonka. Then Jim Kiick the 3rd down specialist who did a little of everything he was asked? Do we see this facid on the current offense?

Guys the early 70's Dolphins left behind a blueprint for success if we'll only open our eyes. If it doesnt look like them structurally wise, then most likely it isnt quite right.

Mark, it's not updated since recent signings but here is a good link for FA's http://www.footballsfuture.com/freeagents.html

Hear are some names I think should be serious considerations IMO:

Deangelo Williams and or Michael Bush @ RB, J. Charles, J. Norwood (Speed!!!)

Ryan Kalil, D. Cooledge on the oline. Garner is our other replacement and he should be healthy next year

TE - Owen Daniels OR T. Sheffler

LB - Would LOVE Woodley but not sure if he signed an extension yet. He would be Target #1!!! Harris would be nice also. Not sure any other LB'ers really merit signing.

Cb - E. Wright, R. Marshall, T. Williams, I. Taylor, K. Jennings

FS - Q. Mikell, Bigby, Elam, B. Poole, D. Landry, E. Ball, E. Weddle

So many guys who can help this team who are still relatively young.


Guys, I'm in agreement on Sparano. He's going to have to really show me something in the last four games to keep his job. I've been a proponent of bringing in John Fox to do the job but if Jeff Fisher is out there and he's fueled up and ready to go I think he would be a great hire.

LAPhins, Tebow ended up being a first round pick for the Broncos. I think wht you would have to give up with no guarantee that he ever pans out would be a big mistake!! It smells of the Pat White experiment all over again. I wouldn't want any part of it....sorry.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ronnie nor Ricky. The atrocious play calling coupled with the O-Line's inability to run block consistently is clearly the problem. If the team thinks they can no longer play, let them go at your own peril, the decision will come back to haunt you.

I've personally seen enough of Sparano. Breaking up the o-line 3 years in a row, never improving and worsening special teams & an inept offensive philosophy that dates back to leather helmet days.

Sparano, Henning, Ireland...join Tuna in exile.

Hello Mike Nolan!

The hardest thing in the world to do is to evaluate your pieces when you havent used them correctly to begin with. So often guys look like crap when they are on this team and then "what were we thinking", when we let them go.

Its clear we were duped and Ronnie Brown isnt and more likely than not will ever become a franchise rb. Still my greatest fear is a guy like Belichek gets him and shows us how we should have used him all along. Wise use of personel continues to be one of the greatest issues here.

The other side of the coin is, if the team plans on keeping Henning and Henne, as sad as it would be to see Ricky and or Ronnie go, the two deserve a chance to play for a team that knows how to win.

CROWDER WILL START ON SUNDAY VS JET .

Seems the great nfl organizations have a pretty good handle on how to use correctly use thier exisiting personel. Clearly in Miami it seems we dont.

Hate to say it but the wisest usuage of Ronnie Brown I ever saw was under now Ravens OC Cam Cameron. Before Brown went down for the season that year, Cam was getting phenominal usuage of Brown has both a running and passing threat.

Brown was unquestionably on pace for pro bowl year before he went down.

Mark,

Two teams who do a very good job with the run are KC and the Jets. I still believe that a good running game will set up a good passing game. We haven't had that this year. Peyton Manning hasn't had that this year.

Joe, there are some very good potential FA's out there but I have a funny feeling a lot of them will get snapped up by their existing teams once teams figure out what's happening with the collective bargaining agreement.

DB: you're very correct on wise use of personnel. The Pats got a lot of mileage out of Welker and the undersize Woodhead. It eats me up inside when we can't maximize Marshall and R&R.

Joe, there is NO way in Hell I want to see Mike Nolan as the next head coach. It COULD happen but I think that would be a mistake. He was an unmitigated disaster in San Francisco at the end. Talk to anyone you know who is a SF fan and they still haven't gotten over him. Great co-ordinator....I'm just not sure a GREAt head coach.

I hate watching Brown and his at times ballerina antics as much as any other Dolfan. No question its disheartening to watch. Still at the same time I know for a fact the current OC doesnt nearly get the max use of Brown's overall skill and talent.

Also a rb that could be a consistent edge threat would have been HUGE this season. A consistent edge threat only enhances the our chances of loosening up the middle for power runners like Williams and Brown.

If we had a consistent edge threat helping to loosen things up in the middle for Williams and Brown we may not be reading this blog created today.

Mandy trying to stir the pot.

I stand fast by Ronnie. You fans are all turncoats, and I could sit here all rationalizing with you all, but, it doesn't matter.

I feel he'll be a Patriot next year as I've said in the past.

Sad, he's my favorite player

We love to bash Cameron, he certainly didn't fair well as our HC, and in fairness, the injury bug hit the team seriously hard that year. However...he has proven time and again to be one of the top OC's in the league. He had the SD offense on fire, and he is doing a great job in Baltimore. Fact is, we need someone like him. Perhaps we can lure Norv Turner or Mike Martz to get us back on track.

Jeff Fisher would certainly be on top of the list. I was in Houston when he started his first year as HC for the Oilers. Everyone thought there was something special about the guy. I think he's been in TN too long and needs a different team to spark his fire. I also think we have a pretty good roster overall (with still some missing parts). We just need a better/more experienced coach to bring it all together.

Just so everyone knows, the lockout year ABSOLUTELY means Sparano will be here through the end of his contract (next year). So, don't even hold your breath or talk about it, because there's ZERO chance of us hiring a new HC this year (by the way, that goes for a lot of teams. All those HCs that were recently hired, i.e. Cowboys, Vikings, they'll be keeping the coaches they have now most definitely through next year, and replacing them then).

Second, anyone remember Ronnie's injury last year? I mean, yes, he's back and playing, but usually it takes about a year to return to regular after coming back from an injury (for a RB). So, Ronnie's not done, he's just having an off year.

With THAT said, I don't believe keeping Ronnie is in the cards. I've noticed Sparano talk about him, the way he acts, and it doesn't seem to me they (coaches) respect Ronnie's game that much. If I were betting, I'd say the offer Ricky another year contract, keep Hilliard/Cobbs, and draft a RB to compete for a starting job.

With all THAT said, I doubt it makes a bit of difference if the oline doesn't get fixed (and, after the last 3 years, that's not definitely a given). If they can't find better internal linemen, who cares who's running the ball. But, if Ireland/Sparano are worth even 1/2 a damn, they'll realize they are hurting Henne by not giving him a decent run game to take some of the pressure of his shoulders. I think possibly next year Henne could get it done IF he has a run game to make plays and open up the defense.

(( HENNE IS WORKING HIS BUTT OFF TO KEEP HIS JOB , IN THIS LEAGUE THEY DON'T GIVE YOU MULTI CHANCES OF KEEPING YOUR JOB )) .


THE WORDS OF HENNING

Marc, he's never lived up to the money and the status that he came with. Funny that a guy as critical as you has a fondness for Ronnie Brown. I'm not criticizing it as we've already had our RB debate. i just find it odd.

Marc,

I would be in favor of keeping Brown too. Still we need to draft a potential franchise rb. I believe Mark Ingram may be that guy. Hopefully he's available. If he is we can not pass.

However Brown must be willing to except a new contract actually based on what he has contributed thus far, which isnt very much. It is also absolutely paramont we get an OC that can maximize his skills.

Even if we got Ingram, and resigned Brown we still need a speed burner rb to hand the ball to at least 8-10 per game on the edge.

I also would resign Ricky to one more year. If I got every thing I listed Hilliard would be odd man out. Clearly Hilliard's greatest value to the team is st's.

If we could find a place kicker slightly less accurate than Carpenter but could consistently boom the ball into the endzone. Most of our coverage st's woes would be solved in one swift move.

Heck, trading a pro bowl calibre field goal kicker could maybe be valued up to a 4th rd pick alone. Carpenter's good at field goals but his low and and short kickoffs severely jepardizes our coverage units.

CAM CAMERON IS 9 OUT OF 10 IS OUT WILL GET REPLACED AT THE END OF SEASON .FLACCO ISN'T HAPPY W/HIM RUNNING TH OL AFTER THE STEELERS GAME .

Craig, what was a disaster with Nolan at the end? The fact that Singletary is bombing 2 years later is an indication that the franchise is a mess, not the coaches. All coaches at the end of their tenure is usually a mess. Not everyone walks away loved like Cowher. Just look at this season the way the Vikes dumped Childress(ugly). The way the Broncos dumped Mcdaniels(Ugly). How it's going in Tennessee & Carolina(ugly). How about Washington(Hideous)?

Nolan was tied to Alex Smith, whom he personally didn't draft, he wasn't a GM. He may have had a say, but that's why paying QB's a ridiculous amount of money as rookies is a crap shoot. That's why I was Ok with Long over Ryan. You just NEVER know.

Nolan is a hard nosed aggressive coach who is well respected throughout the NFL & most of the guys who played for him.

i think Trent Green is HOT!!!
we should get him :) or atleast i'd like to get him if you know what i mean ;)

But John Beck is a stormin mormon.
I'd like to storm his mormon.

Why can't we have good quaterback like these?

Andy NJ/CraigM,

I think you guys are wrong on Ronnie. I realize that the video was a highlight film. I think it was an older production and they could have had the Minnesota run on it, it just isn't up to date. Rickey has a been average per carry this year as he is running sweeps out of the Wildcat, while Ronnie is running up the middle, right where Berger is getting destroyed...

Ronnie isn't what he was, no RB is as he ages, look at tape of Ricky in his prime, his isn't close to that guy anymore. I think he aged and got too heavy, he use to play around 218-220, now he is 230 and moves like it, back in the day he was elite.

I agree that The Fins could use an additional fresh RB, just not in the first couple of rounds as OLine and ILB, and TE are more pressing needs and the Fins only have so many picks...

And for the others guys asking for Cobbs or Hilliard, Cobbs is too small and slow and Hilliard is very, very slow, you saw that when he played at the end of last year.

Just IMHO, not trying to offend anyone...

MarK

I put criticism where it BELONGS, and it clearly does not rest on his shoulders. I blame the RB rotation, the play-calling, and the O-line.

Brown is never gonna impress with less than 15 carries, and as others have mentioned isn't being used as he was by Cam

You're right, we have had this debate, but, I stand by him not only because I personally like the guy, and like the way he plays, but, because I DON'T FEEL the lack of production falls squarely on him.

I would sign Ricky for one more year and hope we can draft Ingram or a guy somewhere in his range. I dont believe Ronnie has fully recovered from his injury, but his past injury history is just too much. Time to cut him loose, really thought in my heart he woulda been traded before the deadline but didnt happen. Oh well

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I agree like most that Tony Sparano is a very likeble guy. However, with his only pedigree to coaching being at the oline, Sparano is possibly way in over his head as HC. It may have helped if he would have at least had OC experience before being made a HC.

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