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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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Craig M....Kurt Warner won 1 SB...I repeat 1 SB.....

The 2nd loss was not hi fault....his team was out coached by Belichek....but the fact is still...1 SB.....


Brady was a SIXTH round QB. I think you forget that. Warner wasn't drafted.....TWO Super Bowl wins. Hasselbeck was a SIXTH round QB and has taken his team to the Super Bowl and his team is still alive this year. Romo was undrafted. Favre not a first rounder. Brees not a first rounder.

Many, many first round busts at QB, Kris, including current QBs David Carr, Alex Smith, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Vince Young.

I'm not buying the argument Kris. In a lot of these cases it the system, or lack of development or often the case it's a big jump from the College game to the NFL. Give me the SURE FIRE QB for next year and I'll but into it but I don't see him right now.


I thought it was about 'winning'. Isn't that what you said? It's STILL one SB, Kris.....the same number that Manning, Manning and Brees have one.

We all LOVE those GEMS....we have been trained since PARCELLS took over that their are HIDDEN GEMS all over....thats how we draft ORDICK with so many sure fire guys on the board.....man...we love those GEMS....dig deep under a rock, brush of that dirt....and polish those GEMS all the way to a 7-9 season.....just a little elbow grease.....and WALA! 7-9 again....Belichek and rex will keep buying PROVEN TALENT....AND 1ST AND 2ND ROUNDERS WHO CAN STAY ON THE FEILD....LET ALONE MAKE THE TEAM....but we will find our GEMS...and love it!

Craig M...I remember what round Brady was taken....I blame us for his rise to stardom....he started his first game against US....if we had handed him his A SS he would probaly lost his confidence and found himself back on the bench and later become a journey man....LIKE MOST 6TH ROUNDERS ARE....but like most back up QBs have done in recent past....Brady carved us up....and the rest is history....

Hell....we made Cleo Lemon look so good...we put him on our team....

Reading over the commentaries about drafting QB's I guess I'm faltering in my opinion to go 1st round in that position. Now, what GM around has the insight that could have drafted Brady, Brees, Cassell, Hasselbeck, Favre in the rounds that they did besides Warner, Romo not being drafted? I don't know but if you know somebody like that tell them to give us a call.

No Craig M....I say its all about WINNING SBs...otherwise your just playing the game....THAT is the goal for all 32 teams....

Now you throw out 3-4 QBs who have done well and wern't drafted or drafted late....do you really want me to google the list of QBs drafted in the 2nd ROUND OR LATER...who either are buried on a teams bench or out of the NFL....Lets see how many of those guys are with their orginal team.....do ou really want to go their?

Craig...its a game of inches and PERCENTAGES....percentages say if I draft a QB qith 1st round talent....I will be in the playoffs....look wjo's still playing this week


Or we can go your way...this guy wasn't drafted in the 1st round....


C'mon man!

Take brady off that list....i forget sometimes....darn.....put him next to Hasselbeck.....

its still 6-2....QBs drafted in the 1st RD....percentages

ITS THE QB..........

Childress is an interesting candidate. What gives? According to Armando, the phins won't stray too far with their offense. Chilly is a West Coast guy. Would he come in to tweak a conventional O or would he implement the West coast style? Based on his work with Peterson, it's obvious he is committed to running.

To exectue that O though you need athletic linemen to work the screen game, quick shifty RB's, speedy TE, quick reacting QB & YAC WR's.

The only area we really fit in is with our WR's. Marshall & Hartline more than Bess. I'd love to know their vision or how they would foresee Childress. Fans on the pft site feel sorry for Dolphin fans if he is the guy. Apparently, they are jaded.

Conversely, those GM's that fuc-ed up on future HOF's please tell them to submit an application for that position to the New England Patriots.

Oh.....this just in.....

Over the next decade you will continue to see the QBs in the playoffs....

What is this West Coast, East, South, etc. BS? Football is football and you play it as it is.


I'm not going to argue with you on this point any further. There are just as many flops in the first round for QBs taken, as guys who have had success drafted AFTER the first round. I'm not going to get into this argument again but the facts are the facts. If your over-simplistic approach was the blueprint to success EVERY NFL team would use but teams continue to look for their Bradys, Hasselbecks, Favres and Warners AFTER the first round.

Craig, I read the sentinel blog & post there occasionally but have always followed here. I think you're a NJ bad boy fan clone. Very sensitive. Based on your last post, my response is this:

You don't have an opinion that I haven't rebutted with actual facts. You haven't been able to constructively counter my retort so now you're resorting to this "right & wrong" & not jiving bologna. No one is buying it. Talk about the topic. Don't try to be funny or cute. It's not working.

In closing, if you have anything else that I haven't debunked or if you have a position that was logical, I'd be glad to read them & discuss. Until then, continue to pander to the ones you do agree with so you don't have to read guys like me question you.


It's funny how you said your not getting me, 'cause I just ain't getting you. You started your comments yesterday with 'everyone should be entitled to their opinion' or words to that affect. Now, a day later, you start taking pot shots at people because their opinion doesn't jive with yours. Hilarious!

To recap, I said MOST of our resources last offseason were spent on the defence. All of the guys we drafted, except one were for the DEFENCE. Guys we traded for and brought in through FA were for the defence. The defence was deemed the weak part of our team, as it let us down in games against the Saints, Colts, Bills, Texans and Titans. It ended up costing the DC his job. That was seen as the weakness on our team and that's where the efforts were made to upgrade.

Want to object to anything so far?

This argument started when I said, if they can take the defence from where it was last year to where it is this year, then they can do the same with the offence this year, to which you said it was a lot of bunk. You said they spent a lot of time trying to fix the offence last year, in fact, you said they spent just as much time trying to fix it as the defence.

When I asked you to explain you started bringing up Hartline, who we drafted the year before, TE Mickey Shuler, who we didn't pick up until late in the season as a waiver wire pickup and you correctly mentioned the trade of Marshall, the addition of Berger and Incognito and the drafting of Jerry. The other guys you mentioned, Murtha and McQuistan and anybody else for that matter were all added when our line fell apart. My point in all of this was, you felt equal effort was spent on trying to upgrade the offence when in reality we only added one WR, one guard and one centre to the starting lineup and kept ALL the same offensive coaches, hardly the same number of changes that were made to the defence.

What have I missed? What would you like to do a rebuttal on? The floor is yours....


Again a recap....ALL the QBs we had the year before were brought back. ALL the WR's we had the year before were brought back, with the exception of Camarillo out and Marshall in. ALL the running backs we had the year before were brought back. The TE we had the year before was brought back and Shuler added late in the season for a game. On the OL, the off-season changes we made were Incognito in, Jerry in and Berger in. That's it for the offence bud. Guys like Murtha etc...were added very late, and Moore and Wallace were added as FA but either hardly played or were STs. I'm failing to see where the upgrades were from.

Ok Craig, let's discuss:

I never mentioned Murtha - fyi he wasn't added late, he's been on the team for 2 years. Mcquistan was a late pick up? No. Before the season started. Shuler was signed September, not late season. I did not mention Moore & Wallace as they were not significant contributors, but now I will.

Just to recap, I countered your statements with these facts:

New O starters in 2010 - Hartline, who was not a starter going into 2009. Berger, Incognito, Marshall & Jerry. That's 5.

New starters on D in 2010 - Clemmons, Misi, Wake, Dansby & even though he only played more, & not out of position, I'll give you Soliai. That's 5.

Now, how exactly can you claim that the focus was primarliy on D? Based on starters that were changed, you are incorrect. That's not me saying you're wrong, that's the facts talking.

Now, onto the next issue. You think the big focus was on D because of the draft picks. Why do you not consider the FA & trades aspect of the offseason? It does count you know. Let's tally up, shall we?

Offense(starters & backups): Procter, Mcquistan, Marshall, Incognito, Jerry, Moore, Wallace, Mastrud, Shuler. 9

Defense: Odrick, Edds, Misi, Dansby, Carrol, Jones, Sapp, Dobbins, Spitler, Mccoy. 10

And considering Dobbins & Spitler were more ST acquisitions than D I'm being generous. Read Ireland's transcripts about those two guys & what they envisioned for them. But, I'll give you those.

Even so, tell me, how was Defense the overwhelming focus of the off-season? 1 additional player? Again, it's not me saying you're wrong, it's the facts.

Lastly, your claim that the O can be done in 1 season because they did it on D. Only 2 players starting on D this year, were not on the team last year. Misi & Dansby.

Next year, by your own words, we need a OC, a RB, a WR, a TE, & oline(C&G). TO me, QB is also a need and I'm pretty confident they'll bring someone in. So because the D was able to acquire 2 new D starters in 2010, you think we can find 6-7 starters on O this year?

Do you not realize how ridiculous and out of this world that sounds? This is your only opinion & I just rebutted it.

Everything else I've read are just false claims that are factually innaccurate. If you were stating opinions you wouldn't be wrong. But, you're making statements that are false. I would stick to opinions & not discrediting people who prove your statements to be false.

we can't even draft a decent QB in the 2nd what makes you think we could land a good enough one that they will take the time develop in a later round?


Around and around we go!....what a complete a total waste of time.

TO summarize again, we spent EVERY draft choice we have on the defence, except for Jerry, we sign Dansby, trade for Dobbins and Sapp and fire the DC and hire a new DC. On offence we trade for Marshall, draft Jerry and bring in Incognito, Berger and some street free agents at the last minute and KEEP the OC and you still want to say we put equal effort in to the offence AND the defence last offseason.

And to further refute your point we take the defence from 22nd in 2009 to 6th in 2010 and you still say we haven't got the defence right. Show me again how you've argued your point effectively....I DARE YOU!

I love the dolphins, they have a solid football team. Except for the two positions were the players did not have to compete for there jobs the QB and the RB positions. If we can fix those spots we can go far next year.

I for one think it's about time Ross steps in. If he didn't the same people complaining now would be complaining that he's doing nothing.

I love all the people on here hating on Henne. Last time I checked, Henne has won just as many Superbowls as Dan Marino. YEP... go check those facts. Marino was only a treat in the stats column. The reality is this team hasn't won since before most of you were born (1972).

And just, perhaps, if Chad Henne had the same play calling that Dan Marino had - or - could call some of his own plays like Dan did on several downs, we may see a whole different side to Chad Henne.

Instead, our crappy conservative coaching has handcuffed a guy with a big arm. Henne should be chucking the ball down field a lot - not these crappy 5 yard and 7 yard routes that coaching calls.

Some thoughtful remarks here, but sifting through the noise is a tremendous hassle. Are there any Dolphins-oriented boards out there with a decent signal:noise ratio?

Get Ray Rice, DeSean Jackson, and Vernon Davis.......add in the PATS interior OL and we just solved most of the problems......plus-don't allow Sparano any input into the offense

I think Ross is a great owner. He is willing to cough up tens of millions to get great players like Dansby and Marshall and was willing to do so to upgrade coaching. He has made a big effort to try to build the fan base. He is pushing the coach to abandon his failed over-cautious approach and get rid of his failed crony coaches. All good. As far as the hunt for Harbaugh, I see nothing wrong. Sparano and all organizations fire football players, demote them, hunt for replacements that may or may not be acquired and expect the players to perform. What is far for the players is fair for the coaches. Anybody who has worked at a high level in a corporation knows that if you fail clearly in your responsibilities, regardless of excuses, you become insecure and your bosses will appropriately be considering replacements (if they don't then they should be replaced). Part of what comes with the big bucks of being in an executive position like head coach is the responsibility to perform or be replaced.

Craig @ 6:03. Stats are for losers. Against good teams, our D was below average. Against bad teams, we were above average. Where we finished means nothing to me, how we fared does.

As for the rest of your post, again, all I can say is WOW. What we spent all our focus on is irrelevant. PLEASE LOOK AT THE END RESULTS. Based on facts, there were as many new starters on O as there were on D. Based on fact, there was only 1 additional transaction on D than on O. Whether you come to grips with it is not my fault. That's what it is.

And for the 3rd time, Dobbins was an incentive to trade down, not the essence of the trade. Read Ireland & Sparano's draft transcripts about their visions for him. It wasn't about defense. But, you can continue to think so.

Again, Miami brought in only 2 new faces on D that were not on the team in 2009. We did not go out and acquire 7 new starters.

In 2011, you acknowledge that we need 6-7 guys who are presently not here. You still think this is not only possible, but probable? Ignorance must be bliss.

I have to show you nothing at this point. You live in a fantasy land or are smoking some really good stuff!

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