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It's 2011: The New Year's resolutions!

Happy 2011 everyone! This is the day many people put forth New Year's resolutions. They are meant as promises to improve. They are goals to reach for.

My resolutions? Eat less. Work out more. Make fewer mistakes in print. Make fewer mistakes on the radio. Update this blog more often. Update the songs on my show more often. Update my wardrobe.

Show more kindness and patience with those I love. Show more kindness and patience with my enemies and the haters.

As you did not come here to read how much I need to improve, let me share with you how much our teams need to improve and how they might get about the business of doing that:

The Dolphins should resolve to stop using running plays up the middle on third-and-goal from the 14.

The Dolphins should resolve to stop running the ball with running backs that aren't special anymore. Find a dynamic RB. Please. Otherwise give up on being a running team.

The Dolphins should resolve in their postseason evaluations that the fourth remake of the interior offensive line in four years probably isn't a great idea. Add a guard, move Incognito to center and stick with Jerry, folks.

The Dolphins should resolve to get a young, new, aggressive offensive coordinator who is also the quarterback coach. Let's face it, Dan Henning is a great wide receiver coach and a good coordinator, but his game-day play-calling is often frustrating at best and his scheme is starting to show its age.

So would that mean for QB coach David Lee?

The Dolphins should resolve to thank coach Lee for the Wildcat. They should resolve to thank him for always being prepared and diligent. And they should resolve to thank him for his services as he leaves the organization.

The Dolphins should resolve to replace Lee because he is seemingly more worried about his guys making mistakes than making plays. They should resolve to find a quarterback coach who can, you know, actually develop a quarterback. They should resolve to find a QB coach with nerve and boldness because what I'm seeing is too much David Lee in Chad Henne. And I don't like it.

The Dolphins should resolve to get Brandon Marshall some help. That means getting him a legit speedster on the other side and a quarterback that is confident and daring and won't take any crap from him and let him know who's boss.

Chad Henne should resolve to have a conversation with Drew Brees. You figure it out.

Henne should resolve to have conversations that don't include the phrase, "I mean."

And Henne should resolve to play with passion and emotion and daring and aggressiveness, because the way he did it last year and the year before didn't work.

Sean Smith should resolve to catch some interceptions this year. Instead of heading back to Cali or partying or just hanging in the offseason, he should catch 100 passes every single day until the 2011 season opener. And he should resolve to do this not while he's standing in front of a jugs machine, but as he's on the move and winded and under duress -- like he would in games. If he had resolved to fix this last offseason, he'd have eight or nine interceptions now and be in the Pro Bowl.

Tony Sparano should resolve to stop telling us how much he "likes this group," of players who have failed to the point his job security is in question.

Sparano should also resolve to stop saying, "I'm not that smart." Not saying he should tell us he's a genius, but we definitely don't want a coach who isn't smart. 

We have some resolutions for the teams we follow for various reasons as well.

The Hurricanes should resolve to find a quarterback that completes fewer passes ... to guys on the other team.

Bill Belichick should resolve to prove how great a coach he really is by trading Tom Brady ... to the Dolphins ... for the 199th overall selection in the coming draft.

The Florida Panthers should resolve to become relevant. Maybe one way to do that is make the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Or even get out of last place in the Southeast Division.

The Miami Heat should resolve ... oh, never mind. They don't have to resolve squat. They're showing everyone how it's done right now.


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Home you profanity laced post @10:58 only serves to strengthen my point while at the same time weaken yours.....You have to be IN POSTION" to lead the league in dropped INTs....lol

Agreed Kris
and prob in all of sports journalism

almost puke inducing the way the word "Elite" is thrown around after a chump makes one or two plays

Hope the Fins play an "Elite" game today in Foxboro





sandal, it's not my fault you can't understand my english ,you got to be really educated to get what i mean .

Looks like all 3 papers are wanting Sparano back. Hardly any mention of Ireland and Henning is assumed dead man walking.

So the votes are all in and all that's needed is a QB and a OC. But who's going to pick them? The same people who painted themselves into a corner with Henne. The same bunch who picked Pat White. The same bunch who thought that Henning was a good OC.

If Sparano is retained, can we expect a total change of philosophy? Play to win, dagger in the heart offense? Remember, the next OC will reflect Sparano's vision....he will have a say of who's brought in. Can we expect better coaching overall?

If Ireland is retained, can we expect better talent evaluation and acquisition? What does he plan to do about a QB?

I can agree with Dan...any reasonable person would....Home just wants to be right about all the crap he talked about Sean SMith before the season started....and back then it was ALL JUSTIFIED....

But now Home its time to MAN UP and admit you are wrong...and move on from it.

Aloco...Marino had is chance and then turned around and jilted this organization.....kind of like what was done to him by JJ and the FINS FO a while back



Stop HAARPing on Home's comments! :>)

Why have all tyhe papers & cemmentors lapsed into acceptance-of-mediocrity viz a viz Sparano & Ireland?

Do they fear no more free food at the stadia?

nice spelling Seer!

don't you love IT when Elway comes back to work as VP for the Denver Broncs when they they r on the UP SWING ......TIMING IS EVERY THING .

I predict...
Tony stays
Henning goes
Henne might stay but it won't be for a starting role
Ronnie Brown I believe stays, we will draft a RB at some point in the '11 draft, Ronnie will help groom
Ricky Williams goes
2011 Draft...
QB and FA QB search
Speedy LEGIT number 2 WR
Kick/Punt Returner..speed needed

Well done mando

Yeah Elway doesn't want to do the dirty work, he wants to come in to a decent situation. It's all because of that strange horse-like smile of his...they should model the new mascot and team logo a version of the Elway smile...heeeyaaahhh heeeeyaaahh

Garret offically the HC for cowboys .FIRST THING HE WILL DO..........


Garrett will get rid of Romo too...watch and learn my friends...Romo is done in Big-D

Ireland is gone too, Ross will hire someone to replace Ireland and work with tony

Kris---you nailed it.

People who want to be viewed as "experts" about this stuff (which they surely are NOT) are loathe to admit when they are wrong.

By any rational measure (including simply having working eyes) Smith was a dramatically improved player this year DESPITE the drops. As you said, you're not even in position to make those plays unless you've covered well in the first place.

The Dolphins have plenty of issues to solve, but cornerback is not one of them aside from depth.


i dont understand why so many people want to keep a head coach that has proven time and time again that he doesnt know when or how to use his timeouts he has no idea what to do late in a close game he doesnt know how to manage the clock and hes way too satisfied with field goals and he constantly gets out coached theres plenty of coaches out there better than tony sparano lets get one

Your right Dan....the question will be can we get Sean Smith to come in and play at a high level from day 1....or does he need to be benched again and waste a half season because of his own immaturity

Surest sign Sean Smith's a Stud:

Wes Welker inactive today!

Whattsamatter, Nancy-Boy? Too askeered to face the Smithinator?

Coward Welker shows what AFC WRs think about Smith.


I think people like Tony because he is an" average Joe"....looking at him makes people feel like "if he made it..then I can make it".....there is nothing special about him....by his own admission he's "not that smart".....he was fat as hell...then he worked had and dropped a considerable amount of weight (eveyone's new years reolution".....he is nothing special to look at....yet and still he has climbed to the mountain top of his proffesion.....he in many people's eyes is "every man"

Thats the connection..in my opinion




i hear ya kris but that every man didnt really climb to the mountain top of his proffesion he was placed up there by his buddy parcells if not for that we still wouldnt know who he was in my opinion

Mondo, did you travel with the team?

Your right Styles....its the coat tails that got him to where he is....and now that the man who was wearing the coat is gone...so should his hanger-oner's...minus Ireland

I agree though..if there is a better coach available go get him in my opinion. Tony in my mind isn't really a HC, he should stick to OL or buffet lines at the sizzler

gruden or cowher fellas, one of the 2 would take job. put some fire back into this franchise

In an effort to say more positive things about the team as some have suggested is necessary in 2011, I'm going to side with Dan Henning's call to run the ball on 3rd and 14 in the 4th quarter last week. Thought it was the right call then and still do now. Probably the first time I agreed with him all year. Here's why:

a) A 10 point lead against an offensively challenged Detroit team, at home, late in the game, with a top 10 defense should have been enough.

b) It kept the clock running.

c) It kept a very offensively challenged team like us from turning it over in the red zone.

out with the old in with the new. bill cowher head coach, carl peterson gm. henne, gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree bill_cnnrs. If it isn't Sparano.I think it will be a "Celebrity Coach". Just think. We could get all the ESPN F.A.G.S(football anaylist guys) to coach. Gruden HC Jaworski OC. Dilfer qb coach. These guys seem to know it all. Lets see if they can fix this mess on offense.

I want the coach who believes deep in his core that the only way to win in this league is with a top flite quarterback. And will stop at nothing to get one. Who would that be? Not sure it would be Cowher or Gruden. Harbaugh, maybe.

sparano was handed the hc position on a plate from parcells without deserving it. a big plate at that probably parcells' dinner plate!

Chris in the 623.. Henne has proven that he cannot deliver the ball consistantly. He has some nice throws, and at times makes you say Hmmn. But I have to disagree. If the game was a meaningful game(I understand they all mean something) But meaningful as far as a playoff spot. I would agree. But at some point they have to let the offense make a play. Most importantly, Henne. If they don't trust Henne(which it seems they don't) Why is he in there? If the argument is that he gives us the best shot to win. Then why is Thigpen even in the roster? The conservative nature, and situational play of this team has been an obvious morale killer. Yeah another field goal.

id take it dunphy, anyone other than this current regime

honestly harbaugh would be my number one choice. but wont happen, hes going to michigan or the niners

bill_c...hate to say it but sure is looking like my gut feeling that Sparano stays will trump your gut feeling he goes...

i sure hope not. lets hope the third stringers of the pats kill us today. welker and branch inactive among many others

Darryl, I totally agree with you in that our offensive philosophy has been WAY too conservative. Just believe in that situation the odds favored a run. It appears Thigpen is on the roster only because we need a backup quarterback to finish out the season. No other reason.

All the reporters are now saying he is not as much in the hot seat as previously thought, he will be by Thanksgiving 2011 though.

I just don't believe Gruden is a good coach, more of a lateral move from Tony. Now cowher or Jim HardBoiledEgg would be better. Gruden is a scrub, remember he inherited a good dungy team and slowly killed it.
Why are there no new blogs today? Is Mando alive still or did henning kidnap him

yeah thats the sad part 0x80, we all know if he isnt fired yet its all about money. cause a baby knows he will be fired midseason next year if not now. basically a waste of a season. stadium will be empty

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