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Dolphins address offense but try not to wreck model

The Dolphins have asked and received permission to interview Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski for their vacant offensive coordinator job, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune and that could be the first of a slate of interviews coming in the next couple of days.

The Dolphins have certain openings for offensive coordinator (because Dan Henning and the team parted ways) and quarterbacks coach (because David Lee left for the University of Mississippi). The club may also have one and possibily two more openings on its coaching staff in the coming days, with special teams and the tight ends position being closely reviewed.

Chudzinski is also an offensive coordinator candidate in Carolina, where Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is expected to be hired as early as Tuesday as the team's new head coach.

Coach Tony Sparano is expected to make a decision on those issues soon. Sparano, however, expects to have Assistant head coach Todd Bowles remain with the staff. Even though Bowles is said to be on the radar for a job in Dallas, a source said Monday that at this time, Sparano expects Bowles to return to Miami.

The search for an offensive coordinator should be an interesting one. It is also expected to include Dallas tight end coach John Garrett, who is a former Dolphins quality control coach who went to Dallas in 2007 and worked on the same staff with Sparano that year.

Garrett's brother, Jason Garrett was recently named head coach of the Cowboys. Jason Garrett also coached with the Dolphins in 2005-2006 and was on the Miami roster as a backup quarterback in 2004.

The fact both Chudzinski, who played in the 1980s at the University of Miami, and Garrett coach tight ends could call into question George DeLeone's status with the Dolphins. DeLeone has coached four years in the NFL while spending most of his career coaching at Temple, Mississippi, Syracuse and Holy Cross.

Other candidates for Miami's vacant offensive coordinator job could emerge.

The Dolphins are rumored to be interested in coaches currently serving on Sean Payton's staff in New Orleans, including offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. Carmichael is the team's offensive coordinator in title but Payton is indeed the play-caller for the Saints.

Sparano and Payton are close friends.

The Dolphins are clearly intending not to stray from the type of offense they have run in the past -- one that follows the lineage of Don Coryell, then Joe Gibbs, Ernie Zampese and Henning. Lately Norv Turner has taken versions of that offense to his various NFL stops including Dallas in the early 1990s, Washington, Miami, and now San Diego.

One supposes whichever offensive coordintor Sparano picks will install his system that springs from the blue-print of those previous coaches but might employ personal tweaks.

Scrapping an offense altogether is a dangerous proposition this year in the NFL. The uncertain labor situation has left open the possibility of an owner's lockout of players. That would mean teams that make changes to their staffs or schemes might not be able to implement those changes on the field with players until a new labor agreement is reached.

And that means the teams installing significant changes will fall behind teams that retain the players, coaches and schemes from the previous season.

The Dolphins expect to make significant changes to the offense beyond the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The club expects to go searching for a new quarterback, at least one new running back and some help along the offensive line and possibly at tight end.

Interestingly, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is apparently giving his input into the kind of offense he wants the Dolphins to run. This despite the fact he has never coached football at any significant level.

"I’ve told Tony that, to me, I want an aggressive, creative (offense), not playing just to keep it close,” Ross said on 940-AM. “Where, people are a little bit more unpredictable, and opening it up. That’s what I think South Florida wants, and that’s what this climate demands."

"We have one great advantage in Florida as the Miami Dolphins, that other teams don’t have, and that’s we have the weather in August, September and October,” Ross added. “Our players are training in that weather, let’s take advantage of it. Let’s go with a hurry-up offense, let’s wear them down. We’ve never done that. This isn’t the north, where you want to just take it 4 yards and a cloud of dust. I think I look for a different brand. Seeing the Dolphins, how fans want to see it, how we win, we’re going downfield, the days of Dan Marino, the days we all want to go back to.”

Interesting on two levels. It was Ross who, in effect, de-clawed Miami's weather advantage by petitioning the NFL the ability to play early season games on the road while playing its early-season home games either at night or the late afternoon.

Ross said he did this so that fans didn't have to sit in the heat of Sun Life Stadium. Unfortunately, the team cannot take advantage of the heat if the owner is getting games changed to times that are relatively cooler.

Also, in the same interview, Ross says he's learned not to "micromanage" the football operations.


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Let's hope our offense next year includes more than the occasional field goal.

For Pete's sake, do you think we have another Jerry Jones on our hands here? Maybe he will be telling them who he they should pick in the draft next.

This is going to be a longggggggg year if this keeps up.

As long as we draft a quaterback out of college and add a veteran I.E.(vince young)to take the offense to another level, then use the rest of the draft to get a runningback and some quality offensive lineman we will be right in the thick of playoff contention.

Should we explore with leinart or young.we need a good Running back.brown doesn't have it anymore. What if one of the two panned out and we snagged a good tailback.that would open up the passing game.if you noticed we were always looking at third and long.but if the right qb is available we have to get him and tag brown.its just two bad he had a lowsy year by his standards.

Does Ross Know what the Hell he is doing???
Recall him saying he wanted to stay out of the way?????

I think the comment by Ross was a good one. He echoed the sentiments of many Dolphin fans who are tired of the conservative, keep it close, offense. It is tough because we all know a gunslinger quarterback can throw a lot of interceptions, but we seem to do that anyway. We have a good defense but we need a basic motor skills coach there for our defensive backs. Maybe start them with a pegboard and rudimentary drills like clapping hands without missing so we can get an interception now and then.

Unforunately as owner he can do what he wants, but if he's smart he'll stay out of the real football equations.

This will be an interesting off season for sure.

Offensive Coordinator???? If we want a good one go get the Boise State head coach....Now thats a wide open creative fun offense to watch...

OC Josh McDaniel, he can put points on the board.

I agree lets open it up and quit playing scared, have some balls

Armando seems to disagree with Ross. I would like to point out Armando doesn't know anything about running a team. I like the idea of an owner - who is a fan, remember - saying "Our offense is boring as hell" and I want you to employ an offense that stretches the field and resembles the Marino era. I like an owner who says "running for 4 yards and kicking up dust" is not exciting and I want to see us throwing the ball downfield.

The greatest impact Sparano has had on the Dolphins has been to lead me to watching teams like Minnesota, New England, Indianapolis, and others - teams that throw the ball downfield and don't think winning should come down to the last minute and a field goal. If I wanted to watch a game with scores like 3-2 or 9-7, I would watch hockey or baseball.

Norv Turner was an offense coordinator in Miami. Remember? He sucked too. Armando seems to be suggesting we should continue the same offense we have had and using the same old retreads running an offense that has never worked here. Actually, Armando hasn't made one suggestion about the Dolphins in months that makes any sense - just advocating whatever he thinks sounds good at the time and reversing position later.

We need a young aggressive coordinator that understands the throwing game in today's NFL - not decades ago. We need Dan Marino (or someone like-minded) as a QB coach. And we need to pick that coordinator with the hope and expectation he replaces Sparano as soon as possible - early next season when the Dolphins are 3 and 5 after the first eight games and we can see the season is heading for the toilet again.

I love Mr. Ross....speaks his mind...tell you his expectaions....there is no gray area....how can you not want to work for a boss like that...Change is comming to Miami Dolphins....our boring stale offense will soon be extinct....

This could also be a hint that he wants a flashy QB.....Cam Newton, Mr. Ross?


When Jerry Jones first aquired the Cowboys and "tinkered" they won 3 SB's...I would like to win 3 SB's or at least be a part of it....

and don't be fooled by Dallas's record....they are very talented....they were just poorly coached this year....maybe sabatoged by an OC who decided he was tired of waiting to be a HC and he knew if they kept winning...he would have to keep waiting.....

In any case Dallas will be in the playoff next year...and Ireland picked that talent...thats why I have no issues with him staying.....and no issues with Mr. Ross telling management what he expects....

Why are people complaining about Ross getting in the way? He's saying the same things that we've all been saying -- that we want to open it up and score, and not play for field goals. I think as the owner, he has a right to demand that his staff to put an exciting team on the field. And I'm glad he's doing it!

Cam Newton will be just like Russell was in Oakland. It makes me sick just thinking about a $50 million QB coming to Miami to be ruined. Make no mistake - unless a QB comes to Miami and says I am calling my own plays when I choose and I don't give a damn about throwing an interception 2 or 3 times a game while throwing for 50 and 60 yard bombs, Sparano and staff will destroy him. I understand Armando's man-love for Sparano; they both contradict themselves repeatedly: I want Chad to open it up and take risks... but Chad better not throw any interceptions and he better go through his progressions like I want. We are a running team with a dynamic duo... but we are only going to run it 15 times a game while attempting 45 passes on 3 yard routes.

Man, thinking about the Dolphins pisses me off. I look at the last three drafts and think WTF? I look towards the next draft and think they are going to f^%& this one up too. Ireland will think he is so smart and instead of picking a franchise player, look to find some "hidden nugget" and pick some role player. We could have had Dez and skipped him. We could have had Ryan and skipped him. we could have had... hell, it doesn't matter, Sparano would ruin whoever "he" was anyway.



People are picking on Ross because Armando wrote his hate-fest articles on how bad Ross was because he sought to upgrade his coach while retaining Sparano. A hate-fest filled with misinformation by the way. A hate-fest that ignored Sparano treats his players the exact same way telling them and us they are starters, improving, or doing a great job one day and waiving them the next. A hate-fest that ignored Sparano tells us more lies and offers more misinformation than Bill Clinton or George Bush Jr. combined.




Are you kidding me? Dan Marino as QB Coach? He's making loads of money in the Studio.

I'd always thought Pennington, after all of those surgeries, would make a great QB coach or even OC...



The offense can not be much worse than it was. Resisting change is to resist getting to the playoffs. More importantly the Dolphins need a quarterback. Tyler Thigpen is an upgrade from Chad Henne. Anyone who does not realize that should not be coach or Offensive Coordinator.


I wasn't referring to Dan Marino literally. I was alluding to someone with Dan Marino's mindset: taking chances, throwing downfield whenever possible (and when it wasn't), and fiery when a throw was made and the receiver dropped it... or ran the wrong route... or failed to block. We need to coach our QB - Henne or otherwise - to take charge, raise hell, and take no prisoners.

I like that owner is geeked up for next season and is stoked for change, as we all should be. I don't like an owner with a hand in the mix though. As Dallas and Oakland have seen, that causes problems. There will be a QB to draft. I prolly won't be Gabbert, Mallet or Newton (and there's even a chance Locker will be gone). The Fish should keep Henne, sign Young or Leinart (I know they aren't perfect but enough with trading picks and draft a guy like Enderle or if Kellen Moore declares he'd be a good project.

Great - now Ross is involved with the actual football on the field - hasn't this idiot screwed this team up enough? How this guy became a billionaire is beyond me - what a dunce.

Ross was kept out of operations because he was honoring a previous agreement that Parcells had with Wayne (owner prior to Ross). Parcells has his footprints all over the current offense that his old associate Dan Henning put together. Why would any team want to stay with such a predictable offense? The Dolphins also need some skill players with speed. All Dolphin fans should be elated to see Parcells gone.


Please specify what this "idiot" has done to screw the team up? I don't think you can name one thing that is material to football.

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I have a good feeling that Garrett will be the new OC bc of the ties to the team. With that being said I wonder if there will be a complete overhaul of the offense like there was with the defense this year. If so that means that no Vet is safe. Remember we got rid of Porter, Taylor, Wilson, etc. Those moves worked out rather well for us but I wonder what moves will be made. I really dont see us drafting a qb in the 1st round. I hate to say it but the qb class next year is much better and has better potential.

Anyone that's watched the Dolphins the last 20+ years and wants EITHER Chad Henne or Tyler Thigpen to be the starting QB of this team in 2011 just doesn't get it. You can think anything you want, but trust and believe this coaching staff more than any other in the NFL understands they need a QB CURRENTLY NOT ON THIS TEAM to start this upcoming year, no if's, and's or but's.

Wake up! Henne and Thigpen are backup's. Are you SO ignorant as to not believe your lying eyes?

In the last line, why is micromanage in quotes? You are a professional writer, right?

Stephen Ross is not only the owner but a fan. (I wonder if he was booing too?) He is OUR voice at the highest levels of the organization. I think we should all be thankful for that. Lets just relax and see what happens. Good things are coming down the road.

Ross is getting as bad as Jones and Snyder WTF?

Coach Bowles is valuable to this team, for sure

Remember what Coach Bowles did in the development of CB Goodman after Goodman had a horrendous start

Coach Bowles turned dismal performing CB Goodman from Zero to Hero 3 season ago

and Goodman was then on fire

Now teaching sean smith to catch
Do not think that would be an easy job for anyone
After a dozen hit me in both hands dropped interceptions will the sheeple still be regurgitating, "sean smith has great ball skills?"



Here are some additional names for O.C.:

Mark Whipple, we know Henne is not going to float deep passess like Jacory Harris;

Mike Shula, he can work with a power running game and open up the offense. Also a good qb coach with the Jags.

I think Rod is a good candidate for the job as well.

DC Dolfan:

So you are saying that YOU believe YOUR lying eyes?

We would have to be ignorant to take your word for anything now, wouldn't we?

I bet you were one of those guys who demanded we should have drafted Brady Quinn. In fact, anyone who said we should have drafted Brady Quinn or should have gone after Russell should not offer any opinion on QB's ever again.

Wow ppl kill me. Ross is doing what we fans demanded and they are still gripping! Shut uuuuup already. He is demanding exciting football that is good news. As long as he doesn't tell them how to do of its great.

scooter TRUE THAT!

Marino, first, NO, I wasn't a Brady Quinn guy (I abhor Notre Dame, and usually am never in favor of any of their players rightly or wrongly).

But take your gut out of it (as I do mine). I actually was VERY supportive of Henne up to this mid-season (I'm a Michigan guy like Ross).

Henne has regressed even from his uneven '09 year. Yeah, he's young, yeah, he's in a vanilla offense, yeah, he's been mis-coached. But there are things you CAN'T coach. You can't coach leadership. Either someone has those skills or doesn't. Maybe some can learn them over time, but my experience are leaders usually are naturally that way. Also, accuracy. You can coach where a ball should be thrown, but in the game, the QB just needs to throw it there. Time and again, Henne failed miserably on that count. And I'll just stop at those 2 points since documenting Henne's deficiencies would take pages.

I won't even entertain Thigpen. His record speaks for itself. Also, PROFESSIONAL MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE than YOU OR ME have opined on both those QBs, and their assessments are less than spectacular.

You don't have to take my word on anything. I could care less. What's important, is those whose JOBS are on the line (Sparano, Ireland, etc.), who've already been EMBARRASSED by trusting in those QBs, won't be fooled again. And that's the most telling gesture that I'm right. If these guys were so great as some of you seem to believe, they'd start (either here or somewhere else). When you see both of them on the benches (either here or somewhere else), remember who you heard it from first.

Get some fresh ideas from teams that actually win.

BTW- jets suck always.

Funny how Sparano doesn't want to wreck the "model" on offense. WHAT MODEL? The model of losing? The model of winnning ONLY when everything goes exactly as planned, there are no obstacles, a favorable schedule, and then, ONLY by a hair? That model? Because that's the only model we've seen here with this coaching staff.

I don't want to wreck the model, I want to DESTROY it. And replace it will a WINNING model in today's NFL.

Sorry, but if I paid a billion dollars for a football team I would be sure to tell the coach what kind of product I wanted to watch. All of us fans hate the fact that when the Dolphins offense takes the field we have come to expect runs up the middle for modest gains, not throwing deep, sitting on a lead hoping not to blow it and many field goals. Now some of you are complaining that Ross is too involved and he looks like the next Snyder or JJ! I think this works out well for the Dolfans as we either will see some good football out of our team or we will get a new coach. This in itself should be applauded.

Dbmfins TRUE THAT!

Ross has sat on his hands long enough. If I were him I would get involved also! Any of you would. I personally am excited about this. There is a sense of urgency now. Hopefully this will not turn in to desperation but careful evaluation. It is a good thing that it is happening now while there is still plenty of time to implement changes!

Dbmfins, those angry at Ross just hate a guy who knows nothing about football messing around with the team. Because, you know, the supposed "football" minds on the team are doing such a great job with the knowledge they possess.

God forbid anyone who wants to see a "dynamic" offense. Not like those types of teams ever win SuperBowls (like the Saints, Colts, Patriots, etc.).

Keep bah-bah'ing sheep. Let's keep the mediocrity intact. It might bring too much hysteria if Miami actually MATTERED past December!

DAN MARINO TO MARK CLAYTON 66 YARDTD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAYk2my2Pc0

DC, you are wasting your breath. Others have come before you with long lists of sound reasoning but to no avail. You could show some of these folks a video of their wives in a porno flick and they still wouldn't believe she was cheating on them. You will only just receive endless rationalizations - well she was drugged or forced at gunpoint...

Also I agree with DC. I really did not understand the idea of NOT wrecking the model.

As I recall Don Coryells' "model" was Air It Out! That's why they called him "Air" Coryell!

We need that here. Now.

Its kinda funny as soon as garret got the job their offense all of a sudden started looking good. That guy seems like a weasal. I hope we don't bring his brother here.

sparano + o-16 = harbaugh and luck in 2011.

DC Dolfan:

I can't argue with you on those points. You may note in my posts I said the QB needs to be a leader, he needs to be vocal, he needs to make his own decisions, and he needs to take risks. Has Henne been any of those things? Nope.

I, however, believe, as you admit, his coaching has sucked. He has potential and he has skills. His accuracy? Actually better than most. Look at the stats. You could argue that is misleading because of the dump-offs but every QB pads his stats with those. I have seen Henne make a lot of throws that only someone with great accuracy and velocity can make. You can't coach that.

I believe you bring a QB in for competition. I believe you bring in a good QB coach. I believe you tell Henne "look, dumbass, take charge out there, take risks, and show what you can do." I don't care if you throw an interception or a dozen if you are leading this team to a win every week. Do that and we are good, play like a scared schoolgirl and we are shipping you off to Quinnville.

Is Pennington going to attempt to rehab his shoulder and return or is he going to retire. That is a player who I have always felt would make a tremendous coach and he and Sparano seem to have a good relationship. Few players have the football IQ that Chad does. I think he should retire and throw his hat in the ring for the Quarterbacks Coaching position.

model = fg's.lol

My Mock offseason moves:

RB R. Brown
C/G R. Incognito
DT P. Soliai

FA Sign
These are all reasonably priced FA's that can have an impact.

Det QB Drew Stanton
ATL G Justin Blalock
Den T Ryan Harris
Den CB Champ Bailey
Bal LB Tavares Gooden
Sea RB Leon Washington (3rd down and PR)
Buf DE A. Maybin (when released, 3rd down rusher)

Trade/ Cut ( I'm not proposing loseing these players but I think the FO will get rid of some of the players that aren't playing to their contract)

OL V. Carey
ILB C. Crowder
TE A. Fasano
WR R. Wallace (Could convert into a te)

trade back to get an extra 2nd.

1st- Penn State C Stefen Wisniewski
2nd- VTech RB Ryan Williams
3rd- Oregon ILB Casey Matthews
4th- Ark TE DJ. Williams
5th- Troy St WR Jerrel Jernigan (4.39 speed)
6th- Georgia FB Shaun Chapas (great run blocker)
7th- TCU QB Andy Dalton

Rookie FA Signings

Vtech QB Tyrod Taylor (Maybe we can use him like Brad Smith)

QBS to look for in the 2012 draft

Stanford A. Luck
Oak- Landry Jones
FLA- John Brantley (Will be in a pro off this yr)
Ohio S- Terrell Pryor
Boise S- Kellen Moore

What Model??????

where we stand:

1. despite drafting jake long we have no offensive line.

2. we can pick up Marshall and Dansby and finish with the same record.

3. the umbilical cord between the cowboys and dolphins is making me sick. Are we the Miami Cowboys or the Dallas Dolphins?

4. We need a QB.

5.apparently anthony fasano is just as good as Tony Gonzalez

Leon Washington would look really good in a fin uniform. If anybody knows him from his FSU days tell him to come home LOL

Why isnt anyone looking at Brian Billick?

He was a heck of an offensive coordinator in Minnesota.
(The Vikings made the playoffs during six of the seven seasons (1992–1998) that Billick spent with the team, and set several offensive records in the process. In 1998, Minnesota set a then-NFL record for most points scored in a season (556) (which has since been broken by the 2007 Patriots), and set a team record with 41 touchdown passes. His work under Minnesota head coach Dennis Green put Billick in the Bill Walsh coaching tree) From Wikipedi

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