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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,


HOW CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT WE ALL SEE ? A DIRE NEED FOR A QB TO BE DRAFTED IN THE FIRST ROUND .

If people want to look at the reason we've had such lean years take a look at all the missed draft choices...
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That's something everyone should be able to agree with.

But I take issue Craig with Marshall. He's a Top 5 WR in the league. Are you really judging him as a mistake on the 1 year where Chad Henne was his QB? Honestly, the only GOOD things the Dolphins have done for the past 10 years has gotten Ricky Williams, Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby. Some might say Long, but time has shown Ryan to be the better choice there.

Parcells and Co. DON'T draft 1st (or 2nd)-round WRs. So what 3rd-round WR is better than Brandon Marshall?

I LOVE GLU,WHAST ABOUT YOU?

I don't think it really matter what we think. I don't see Sparano and Ireland taking a QB in the first round this year anyways. they need to win now and drafting a first round QB will not help them win now. We can debate this and disagree on this all we want, I highly doubt they will take QB at 15.

I THINKS CHAD HENE WILL BE THE NEXT COMING OF DANN MARANO.

GRAIG,

ROSS TOLD THEM YOU GOT TO DRAFT A QB IN THE FIRST ROUND FOR THE FUTURE .

DC,

I didn't say Marshall was a mistake. You didn't read my post properly. But it cost us two second round picks to get him. I simply said you can't keep giving up draft choices and missing on draft choices and expect to have success.

There is no logic in the "we must draft a QB in the 1st round" argument. You pick a QB in the 1st if there is one worthy of being picked.

this Rob Chudzynski guy has been around the league a few times, if I'm not mistaken. Is he not a guy who was Cleveland a few years ago and Boston College or am I getting him mixed up with someone else?

LOK FOR THE DLOPHNS TO DREFT JACORY HARIS FOR THRE FUTUR QB

Excellent evaluators of talent are like HOF QB's, very few.

Craig, you're probably right Sparano/Ireland won't "chance" winning now by taking a 1st-round QB this year. Just like I'm probably right they won't "chance" winning now by starting Henne this year.

DD, I want a 1st-rd QB because that's something we haven't tried yet, and nothing else works. Doesn't have to be this year (I understand the slim pickens in the draft). I'd do it anyway, but I'm nobody.

I keep harping on it because I think sooner rather than later, that's what you're gonna have to do, and that's what's gonna end up happening.

But, the most likely scenario is a veteran next year. And we'll see if these guys are in charge the year after.

ROB CHUDZYNSKI IS NEVER BEEN TO BOSTON COLLAGE.HE PLAYED FOR THE GATORS WHEN THEY WO THE N.CHAMPIONSHIP .

Oh, ok Craig, my mistake then. And agreed, you can't keep missing on draft choices and be a good team. Something that's been done for a long time here (including with this current leadership team).

JJ was blessed with the gift of drafting great talent.

GarabagePlate,

That's my take on it and to me there is nobody who really stands out a sure fire thing. I like Gabbert but I think he will be gone by 15 and I'd still be against us taking him there. There is a shortage of quality QBs in the league and there will likely be 3-4 guys snapped up in a desperate attempt to find 'the next guy'.

IM SORY IAM HIGH ION CLUE,MEWNT TO SEY THAST HE PLAYD FOR UM,I THUNKHE WADS A TIGHT END.

Interesting debate today. After going twenty years without drafting a QB in the first round, it is time to take a shot.
The first mock draft I've seen on SS website projects Mallet falling to us at #15. I actually believe he has significant upside.
Fairly accurate - can throw the fade in back corner of endzone.
Strong arm and stands over 6' 5"
Mobile - will be able to scramble a bit
The negatives
He will sometimes throw a pick when trying to make a play.
Will probably need a year to groom.

He actually was a freshman at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas and I saw him play against Univ of Minn filling in when none other than Chad Henne was hurt. He had receiver Manningham at the time.

DC,

If things don't work out with Henne and whoever else this year and there's some decent choices there next year, I'm all for grabbing a QB in the first round. As things stand right now I want to see Henne and whoever else do their thing under better circumstances before I write things off.

LOK FOR THE PINS TO SING THE GRAET JACVORRY HARIS AS THE NEXT QB.YOU HREAD IT HER FIST.TO BE OR NOY TO BE

Mando,
It was you in the blog yesterday that insisted that David Lee was staying and therefore Henne had to go because Lee runined him. In fact it appears at the time you were blogging Lee was moving on.

Also you should give contaxt to your comments. True the team is searching for 2 QB's. Why? Because Henne is the only one under contract and the deptch chart requires 2 more.
Why 2 more QB's instead of one more? Because the team followed your advice and got rid of Pat White while keeping Pennington.

Who is Jacvorry Haris?

ARMANDO OWES SPARANO AN APOLOGY

Hey Craig...from what I've been hearing, although Luck still has two years of eligibility left, he's scheduled to finish his architectural degree in the spring of 2012, so unless something changes, it looks like he has just one more season of college ball left.
Put me down as another one hoping we don't take a QB at 15. I just don't see any of the guys who will more than likely still be available at 15 worth taking at that spot. I'm a big believer in taking the best available player (while still weighing the needs of the team). Can't wait to hear what Mike Mayock has to say...

Mando,
You heard it here first:

HENNE IS THE STARTER HERE FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. IF HE DOESN'T WIN THEN THE COACHES WILL BE FIRED. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT QB'S START PAYING OFF IN THIER 3RD YEAR. ROSS IS A BILLIONAIRE BECAUSE HE KNOWS HOW INVESTMENTS PAY OFF.

THE GRAET QB GFROM THE UM.OSCAR YOU ARE A BROWN DONKY

I'd take Mallet or Gabbert at 15, but they arent gonna be there

ARMANDO...

AGREE WITH ROBO7

No, ALoco, I just don't watch College football. I'm a professional, you know.

I still believe we need to trade back at 15 and get ourselves a second round pick. Our first four picks need to be RB, WR, TE and OL, in whatever order works. I'll be very disappointed if we don't come out of this draft with a quality pass-catching TE. We should have made that a priority last year and blew it!

The first requisite(specially in these days) for a successful NFL QB is that he be smart.

OCSCAR,I GO BUY 18 DIFFERNT NAMES MY NUW WON IS ROBO7,CANT HELP IT,IM A PAINT THINER KID.

Clarification- Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino are NOT intelligent, but they are smart.

Most of you guys that post here know that I'm a fairly level headed person. If I had an opinion that was wrong I can admit it. Also if there is an point of view that differs from mine I don't call names or throw a tantrum. I am opened minded to any of these quarterbacks if they can do something in the "evaluation season" that would merit my attention. I'm basing my argument on what I have seen from them up to now. And also the reality of the situation this offseasons challeges will present. Now say one of these guys just kills it at the combine, or at their pro day. I would be open to changing my mind about their status.

Not to be to petty but I thinks its enough of these gloom and doom forecast's I keep reading in these posts. The Fins went 7-9 with about one of the most inept offense's one can have so things aren't that bad we just need to fix a few things.

1. Find a cordinator who can play to Henne's strengthes. He played scared for two years because heaven forbid he make a mistake! He would have a bad series and there was Lee in his ear and Henning on the phone. The game is not perfect and cannot be played that way let the kid play, thats how Aaron Rodgers learned.

2. Ross' problem is he is a businessman so its all botttom line. Personally I think seeing the stadium half full really shook him up and he saw lost $ at every turn. Thats the reason for trying to find something to change the way the team is structured.

3. People kiling Ross for medaling. Well excuse me but ins't he the owner and shouldn't he want the team to do well ? To many posts want Parcells and the trio gone but then want Ross to stay out of the way ? Can't have one and the other sorry.

4. Need to soldify the O-Line which is paramount to the success of the offense. To many plays went no where because there was no where to go.

Really, ROB07? Well, sounds attractive, but I can't afford it. You go on, man, the Spirits are true.

I am firm believer that all of Miami's troubles rest firmly on the QB position.

Lets call a spade a spade. Chad Henne is not a starting QB. Henne has been given a decent maturing period as a young quarterback. While the play calling has been conservative, he couldnt have asked for a better mentor than Pennington. That being said, I believe Henne was given an opportunity and proved himself to be a second string QB. He had the weapons (Marshall), the offensive line (not the best, but enough) and the mentoring.

People are always blaming Henning and Sparano for a rigid game plan and conservative play calling. Lets face it, when you dont trust your QB, you must employ a conservative game plan. They didnt trust Henne for a reason, he is not the play maker and leader Miami needs. While some of you will disagree, I believe had Henning and Sparano loosened the reigns, things would have been worst.

What Miami tried with "the Chad" experiment needs to be tried again. Bring in a proved Veteran and a rookie with a somewhat promising future. Bringing in Pennington and Henne was the perfect scenario, except that Henne did not turn out to be what we all hoped he would be. It happens. Until we get this right, we'll be in the same place.

Very instructive conversation and one posters here should take notice of. Craig, GarbagePlate, DD and I came from 2 opposite poles and found a place of accord.

They DO think there's QB talent in the 1st-round this year. They just DON'T think that talent will be available at our pick. But, if they WERE available, from their posts it sounds like they wouldn't be against taking that choice.

I would draft a 1st-round QB regardless. But I DO see their point that the 1st-round talent is limited, it's a bad year (no agreement signed) and the desperate state of the team to improve, and therefore wouldn't be completely perturbed if we didn't draft a 1st-round QB this year, and waited until a better situation (hopefully next year).

No bloodshed, no hatred, no "your mama" name-calling, and we all compromised a portion of our opinion for greater understanding and in the best interests of the team.

Anyone who says you can't have a good, even heated discussion on this blog yet remain friends, hasn't been paying attention to what just transpired. Where are the doves flying by on cue?

OCSCAR IS A BROWN DONKEY AND HAS A BROWN MONKY FIOR A PET

I must support Marino with his assessment of Henne. The very fact that Henne digressed this year proves that coaching...or lack thereof..has finally taken its toll.

Again Guys,

Jake Delhomme guided Carolina Panthers to 2003 SB vs Pats. Delhomme maybe the most Henne-comparable qb in the league. How did Jake do it? He was surrounded with premium talent on both sides of the ball.

Everyone crying about Henne. Duh..... no brainer its crystal clear he isnt a franchise qb. We ALL get it! However, most of the offensive talent suck just as bad too.

Get some damn talent around Henne. That maybe our best option right now. RIGHT NOW being the key! Right NOW that's a much better option than pissing away a #1 draft pick on qb with more potential bust than boom and we dont have a 2nd rd pick this year to boot.

Can you People count the # of games we could have won the past season if we had had a 3 point home field advantage? Ahh, lets see....

I saw a post suggesting trading back to get a 2nd rd pick. No gm in his right mind will give up a 2nd rd pick to trade up to the 16th position. Think about that.

daying breed loves dog food .

DC..Well said. Now lets do some good ol' fashioned Henning bashing....Oh yeah he's gone.Ding dong the witch is dead!

The Dolphins Suck
Perioid

FinFanCT,

I support Marino's opinion in nothing. He always pissed me off because when his peers at the idiot roundtable called CBS gameday studios berate our Fins he never said anything in response to defend our honor.

I loved Marino as a Dolphin player but that's where it ends. Especially when he allows those other announcers to trash our team and has zero to say in defense of honor.

NOW WE HAVE THE RING LAEDER OF THE GAND OF DEFEET DYING BLEED HERE POSTNIG HIS GARBAGE.

Obviously, if a top rated QB is not there at #15 you take a different position. What I don't want to see is a "need" pick which turns out to be a reach. And that goes for QB as well. We have enough needs that if the best avail at #15 is QB/RB/OL etc then you go with that player.
Most of us can agree tho, that we MUST find a QB this offseason.

DB, what did Carolina do since? I mean, you're right if you're looking for short-term success. Maybe protecting Sparano's job is of utmost importance to you. I, frankly, don't care to go to the Playoffs twice in a decade. What I'm looking for is long-term stability and success.

Henne won't provide that, just like Delhomme couldn't provide that. Best way to make that happen, get a quality QB.

Also, who's to say Ireland can SPOT premium talent? Who's he drafted so far that's PREMIUM to you? Only one, Jake Long, and that was Parcells. Plus, it was the #1 pick. Not a big stretch there. But at 15. You have faith Ireland will take the best guy on the board at 15? Was Odrick the best guy on the board when he got him last year? If so, did the season prove him right, or wrong?

Just asking, not accusing.

DC,

Draft a qb 1st anyway even though we have no 2nd rd pick to boot? With no 2nd rd pick we just piss away THE only decent chance of landing a starter from this 2011 draft. F^CKING Brilliant!

What Ross is asking to do with the current staff is like trying to take a Honda Civic and add Ford Mustang parts and expect a high-performance car.

People of a certain mindset are going to gravitate to people of the same mind. You can't expect Sparano or Ireland to change on a dime their way of thinking.

Look why add one of the most aggressive, explosive players (Marshall) out there and we couldn't figure out how to use him.

I hope I'm wrong, but I see more of the same in the Dolphins future.

DCs HRER AND DYNIG BRED,THE CIRCLE IS ALMOST COMPLETE,THERS ONLY ONE MEMBER THET HASNT SHOWN UP TO FINISH THIS CERCLE AND THATS THE PARASITE FROM HAVANA.

DC,

Drafting another potential bust qb is a longgg........ ways off from the stability you mentioned. I would much rather wait until 2012 when Luck is available and even place Jake Long on the traded block if needed to land him.

Getting a qb in this draft is like a hardcore junkie buying watered down or over-cut dope.

WERS THE LADST MEWMBER OF THE GANG OF DEFEET?

The fins needs to go after Joe Lombardi the Quarterback coach for the New Orleans Saints he has been working with Drew Brees for two years now and been with the Saints for four years around and explosive and dynamic offense. Lombardi comes from a a true football family. Miami coaching staff needs to get of the Dallas Cowboys D#$K because they suck more than we do. JOE LOMBARDI should be our guy go through some money at him. Maybe he could save Henne's career and show him what he has learned from Brees.

DB,

Didn't the Chargers give up their second last year to move up to 12 and take Ryan Matthews? don't say no team will make that trade. It's happened and it can happen again.

Actually Cam Newton is the only qb I would even consider out of desperation with the 1st rd pick. At least Newton is salvageble at another position if he bust. At least with Newton we get a little change back from the dollar we blew.

Bob:

You are so wrong on so many points it is difficult to believe.

It generally takes skill positions 3 years of playing time before they start to come on. 2 years of mismanaging Henne doesn't get us to the point where ANYONE has enough information to make a decision.

The gameplan sucked and the mentoring sucked as well. Telling a QB over and over to not make any mistakes is not mentoring nor confidence building. Take a risk but don't you dare throw an interception. Throw the ball downfield but go through all your reads first and oh yeah, it takes our receives 5 secs to get 20 yards downfield but our line can only keep you protected for a second and a half. Figure it out.

You state they didn't trust the QB but our gameplan had him throwing 40+ times a game. A jackass understands you don't take a second year starter and demand that from him.

One only needs to look around the league at other young QB's and how they were mentored, managed, and provided a game plan (this season) to see how poorly the Dolphins were coached. Hey, the kid is hot, he has thrown 10 completions in a row... lets pull him and run the Wildcat for 2 plays and then demand he complete a 15 yard pass to get first down while facing a full-on blitz, it will be good character building.

DC...few exceptions aside, drafting premium talent takes premium positioning...like a top ten pick. How many times under Ireland have we had a top ten pick? I think they've done a good job drafting...not excellent, but good. And even a top ten pick isn't guaranteed, but you probably have smaller chance of failing than at picks eleven through thirty-two.

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