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AFC East playoffs live blog today from Foxborough

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It is cold. There is fallen snow on the ground. And playoff football is in the air. As in years past, The Miami Herald will be at the NFL playoffs watching other teams play while the Dolphins ...

... Well, they're watching just like you and me. Actually, I'm closer to being in the playoffs than the Dolphins. At least I'm in the stadium.

I'm covering the Jets at New England today.

You remember the Jets and New England, right? They're the two teams that finished ahead of the Dolphins in the division. They're the teams the Dolphins must pass in 2011 to get to the playoffs.

So we should watch and see what the task might be like. There will be a live blog here starting at 4:30 this afternoon.

In the meantime, I would ask you to check out my Sunday column. It makes the point that Miami faces a tougher job in getting past the 2010 season than it did in the 2007 season. Yes, I know the Dolphins were 1-15 in 2007 and were 7-9 in 2010. And I repeat, the assignment is tougher now.

I explain why in the column, but suffice to say one of the reasons is the folks trying to turn things around don't have the luxury of working with the benefit of a honeymoon now.

Some extra things I did not have room to mention in the column that makes overcoming 2010 might be harder than overcoming 2007:

After four years of tooling and retooling and retooling again along the offensive line, the Dolphins have to, you guessed it, address the offensive line once more. They need a center and maybe a right tackle.

And they need to dump that idea of picking players who mostly offer position flexibility but no position consistency. Here’s a crazy idea: Rather than find a mediocre player that can play guard and center, how about finding a really good starting center and leaving him there until he retires?

The Dolphins need to upgrade the tight end position. Last year they loved Tony Moeaki and Dennis Pitta in the draft but couldn’t land either. They really must upgrade the spot this year or once again the red zone troubles that plagued in 2010 will haunt another year.

As I touch upon in the column, coach Tony Sparano, already fixing his rift with general manager Jeff Ireland, must broker a fix between receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Chad Henne.

Yes, Henne is very likely going to return in 2011. The Dolphins would be unwise to anoint him their starter and probably will not, but I doubt they will simply dump him. And unless an experienced, talented veteran can be added, it is unlikely any rookie Miami finds will be immediately ready to supplant Henne.

So you might find yourself with Henne under center in 2011. Again. Marshall might find himself with Henne under center. Again.

That’s not a comfortable spot. The receiver openly criticized his quarterback the last few weeks and in some cases he was right to do so. But Marshall never admitted that sometimes he blows his assignments and runs the wrong routes and causes problems that sometimes get blamed on Henne.

Both players need help. Both need improvement. And in 2011, both may be surprised to learn they need each other again.

Crazy right?

See you at the live playoffs blog.

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Po, I take no pleasure being right Po. I would have loved to have been wrong.

ya and where is Quinn today?

2 year for ryan and sanchez....2 AFC Championship games......

i'm gonna be sick....

This regime would do better in the draft...any draft if it simply used MEL KIPERS draft board at each draft....we would be miles ahead....and that is actually TRUE...

Shows how bad our FO has been the last 10 years......they cannot DRAFT to save themselves

Hate the JETS

DB, you have one heck of an imagination. Nothing will help us next year. We'll still be much worse than both teams...Especially since the Pats have like 10000 picks

ya and where is Quinn today?

Pats losing doesn't help the fins, it moves them up in the draft.....

Armando -

What's your gut feeling on this upcoming year.

Do you think there's a chance of the Dolphins fielding a decent team.

or

Are we just fooling ourselves now until we make changes at the top (GM,Coach)

I know the answer would be different if it wasn't for the Harbaugh fiasco, but as you stated prior in this blog it may be hard to lure a quality OC with the instability of the team in general.

THE RIGHT TEAM FOR THE 2011 MIAMI DOLPHINS FORTUNES IS LOSING RIGHT NOW! LOL..........

Nope......

F*ck the Jets.

The wet naps are falling

DB...what if the JEST win the whole shabangggg...the SuperBowl...what will you say then?....that it was good...DB..I respect you but NEVER EVER support those green maggots

We need a QB

NH, the Dolphins fielded a "decent" team last season. 7-9 is not terrible. It's not 1-15. It's about mediocre.

The truth is I just have a hard time seeing the Dolphins making up all the ground they need to make up on the Jets and Pats in one year. And that makes it hard to become a playoff team.

You tell em bigalfy!!!!

KRAFT JUST LOST ABOUT 140 MILLION DOLLARS AS RESULT OF THAT DEFEAT .


BIGALFY.........BEEF STRAGANOFF IS BETTER .

Marc,

Would you rather the Pats be coming off of a 2011 SB victory with 1,000 draft picks in hand?

Losing to a 3rd straight wildcard opponent severely tarnishes that aura of invincibility next season. Like I said, next season we need every single little edge that we can get.

Still also too soon to determine what we will be next season. Especially without free agency and the draft failing to come to pass as of yet. Are you sure you're a fan or feign?

Dolphins should have been 11-5 this year just had the bad reffs and the ball bounce the wrong way

Armando....you have influence...can you do a comparison of how we would look if we had of drafted using MEL KIPER over the last 3 years?...i mean this FO is poor at best with the draft...

This FO cannot build via the draft....

Please LOSE jets.!

REX RAYN DID A GOOD JOB LIMITING SANCHEZ INT'S

Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll tie...Would that mean they both lose?

How about the new ghey college rules playoff OT rules?

Ghey, I say

BigAlfy,

I hate the Jets too. But when it comes to best interests of my team Im just as big a Pats hater. Steelers take home all of the marbles this year.

FYI, I hate every team that is not the Miami Dolphins that wins the SB! I have no preferences. LOL.............

Aloco...try Stroganoff with baked potatoes with rosemary....nice.!

THE BLAck magic of the dolphins ARMANDO brought it up WITH HIM to BOSTON .

ARMANDO, DID YOU BOOK ANY ONE YET FOR THE RADIO SHOW TOMORROW ?

DB, you just have all of these unfounded theories, it's cute...

The Pats will be the team to beat in the division next year, as they were this year whether or not they win this game.

And, unless we make a move for Manning we won't compete with either...

Go Steelers!!!!!

Game over

How does that happen?

I LOVE SEEING ROGERS WINS IT ALL

ITS A WRAP! THE GREAT BELICHICK JUST BECAME ONE GAME CLOSER TO BEING MORTAL! LOL.........

Its a cruel cruel world...........

Good night the partys over

KA................CHING! LOL..................

Vomit! Puke! Vomit!

NOW JETS GO TO STEELERS WHO MUST BE VERY HAPPY RIGHT NOW

Can anyone believe the JETS...????....and we criticised them for buying so aggressively....wont work....your mortgaging the future...you build from the inside out and all that BS...

You gotta get PLAYMAKERS....you need to SCORE

Our drafts obtain soldiers only...no PLAYMAKERS

Id prefer KIPER to draft and keep it at that..

Hed probably do better....any one of us could..

You know what?...even if we picked the next BEST RATED dude, we would do better and even if we knew jack shyte about him.....next best on the board gets the nod....we'd be in the playoffs by now...

Dirty Jets

Hey DB, appreciate the positive spin. I've stopped puking now but I still hate the stinking Jets!
Go Steelers!

BRADY LOSES TO 3RD STRAIGHT WILDCARD PLAYOFF OPPONENT! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS...........

Right Loco......

I CAN SEE THE STEELERS FANS STANDING RIGHT NOW TO BUY HOME TICKETS VS JETS...LUCKY STEELERS

I can't see rooting for the Jets, no matter what the reason. I'd root against the Jets if they were playing the Taliban, and a loss caused the loss of California.

JETS AINT WINNING IN PITTSBURGH! BELIEVE IT! LOL...........

Thank God I don't have to work tomorrow; I'm getting tore down tonight.

po,


how you see GB VS CHI IN CHI ?

PLEASE SAY GB WINS

JETS TOUGH AND PHYSICAL. STEELERS TOUGH, PHYSICAL, MEAN, AND DOWNRIGHT NASTY! LOL.........

DyingBreed,

From your lips to God ears.......

IF GB WINS IN CHI THEY WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL

Loco, GB.

PATS ONLY RELY ON BEING BETTER THAN YOU ARE TO BEAT YOU. THAT'S WHY THEY LOSE THESE THESE KIND OF GAMES. THEY ARENT MEAN OR NASTY UNTIL THEYVE GOT YOU FIRMLY DOWN THEN FOOT ON THROAT!

DB, YOUR WISDOM ?

GB VS CHI WHO WINS ?
PLEASE SAY GB .

Are ALOCO and DB one in the same?

Luv Aaron Rodgers.....

THOMASINA BRADY HAS THAT HELP I'VE FALLEN AND CANT GET UP LOOK! LOL...........

NO, I AM NOT DYING BREED,FOR HE HAS WISDOM AND I HAVE FOOD .

Well, that was fun...

Lost another bet, now I gotta wear a dress AND let dad bang me in my ass. I cannot win

Fat boy beat Darth Vader-go Steelers!!!

ALoco,

I dont see GB scoring a whole lotta points against that Bears D. But I see the Bears offense scoring even less against the GB defense. I see Cutler throwing at least 2 picks. I say GB 24 CHI 10, because of the picks Cutler throws.

green bay vs pitt

I believe the real Super Bowl was played between the Ravens and Steelers yesterday! LOL.........

Marc, can I blow my wad on your ugly, bald stupid Dolphin head to??

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