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A couple of suggestions for Saturday's meeting

Let's face it, everything that is about to happen starting at noon on Saturday is window dressing. The script has been finalized. The actors have studied their lines. The public relations department has supplied the right-sounding spin to possible tough questions.

And when the lights come on, the Dolphins' brass will act as if Tony Sparano signing a two-year contract extension today makes everything right and everything you heard the past week is mostly wrong because, of course, the media stinks.

Part of that is true. Some reporters stink at their job and get it wrong a lot or simply steal information from others. And some are just human and make mistakes. I made some myself in covering this weeklong debacle. Some media out there said the Dolphins made Jim Harbaugh an official offer. I think I was quite clear in telling you they never did. They weren't really on a footing solid enough to convince Harbaugh to come, which should say something about the Dolphins ownership and organization.

790 The Ticket in South Florida reported on one of their shows that Harbaugh was already delivered as Miami's coach and he'd already told his assistants he was taking his talents to South Davie, where the Dolphins train.

Harbaugh is today the San Francisco coach.

But the hope here is the Dolphins, known for making the outside world the enemy, emerge today a little smarter, a little wiser, and a little better than that flawed blame-someone-else-strategy.

Note to the powers that be: Admit your mistakes. Tell the truth -- because if you lie you will get busted eventually. And don't assume you're smarter than everyone else. The past week has pretty much proven practically everyone else is smarter than you, no matter what your pay grade or bank account says.

You guys are rookies and you showed it this week. Everyone in the NFL is talking about it and snickering about it, trust me. Don't make it worse by trying to rationalize, excuse or obfuscate your mistakes.

Soft words turn away wrath. Humility disarms. Honor inspires.

Don't try to fool people by saying everything is fixed and perfect. We all know the fracture between Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland will require work. We get that. We can get over that if you can. But we cannot get over you guys saying the understandable hurt and discomfort don't exist because that is a challenge for people like me to prove it does.

Admit it. Tell us you're working toward making it better. Then move on.

Saturday is going to be somewhat painful. We understand you're nervous. We understand that's the reason the round table is being held in a tiny room that limits the size of the audience. Just speak from the heart, from the soul. Speak truth.

This two cents worth of advice is all meant to lessen the sting. It cannot deaden it. The only way that happens is if my dream comes true. 

My dream overnight? The Dolphins gather for their noon round table with the media and out trots ... Drew Brees. Or Matt Ryan. Or Josh Freeman.

In his new Dolphins uniform.

All are quarterbacks. All are outstanding or showing the early signs of being outstanding. And it says here that if the Dolphins could somehow, some way, find a way to introduce one of these or a reasonable facsimile, then all would be forgiven.

The Dolphins cannot do that Saturday. So all cannot be forgiven Saturday.

But that doesn't mean wounds won't heal down the road. That doesn't mean the phones jammed with complaints won't eventually stop ringing.

Miami's best chance of making that happen? Get a quarterback!


Start with get a quarterback coach. Get one that has previous NFL success as well as experience. Get one that is ... is ... ballsy. Yeah, get a quarterback coach that will teach his quarterbacks to play with gusto and nerve and daring as well as intelligence, preparation and care.

And get a quarterback coach whose greatest contrubition three years into his Miami career won't be to deliver plays that, like Wildcat, take the quarterback out of the game.

Zeke Bratkowski isn't working is he? Talk to him! Yes, he's older than the hills. So? Advice has no expiration date.

After you find a quarterback coach, find a quarterback. Search high and low. And get help for your search.

In 2008, the Dolphins sent Ireland, Sparano, Dan Henning and David Lee to Michigan, Boston College and Delaware. All four watched Chad Henne, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. The unanimous consensus was Henne was every bit as good as Ryan and Flacco.

Everyone was wrong. Henne isn't in the same class with the other two. So maybe the Dolphins simply stink at evaluating quarterbacks. I present exhibit A: Pat White.

The Dolphins need to find a couple of quarterback experts. They need men who can spot quarterback talent, sniff quarterback greatness, feel a quarterback's instincts. The Dolphins need men who can spot that it that quarterbacks must have to succeed.

I cannot describe it. But I can tell after 20 or so NFL starts if a player has it or not. Henne doesn't have it. Sorry.

So enlist a couple of guys that can identify that. Ron Wolf can. Former Dolphins and University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar can. Chad Pennington probably can, too. Pennington has it, by the way. Too bad he doesn't have an arm to go with it.

The Dolphins will have opportunities to address the QB spot in this coming offseason. Study Cam Newton. Study Blaine Gabbert at Missouri. Obviously Ryan Mallet deserves a thorough study. Check out why Jake Locker simply collapsed.

Get a conviction on somebody. Learn something about one of these kids that no one else knows. Don't stop working it until you have that nugget. And then draft him.

And then get him a veteran to help him learn to be a professional.

Vince Young, Carson Palmer, Kyle Orton, maybe Donovan McNabb will come available. Do not sign any of them for very long and do not sign Young at all. None of the others are the answers, really. But maybe one can be a stopgap.

Scrounge around for that one, understanding that you are picking through some else's discards, which is a nice word for trash. Don't pay like any are treasure. None are for varying reasons.

Above all, understand that the slow, plodding offense you've put on the field the last couple of years was acceptable in 1990. That was the Bill Parcells blueprint of yesteryear. But this year is 2011. And the game has completely changed.

You need speed. You need big plays. That's what the rules are written to allow. And more than oxygen itself you need a quarterback.

The fans get the fact you cannot produce one during Saturday's round table. Do the next best thing. Rather than telling us how the last week really wasn't as terrible as everyone knows it was, do something audacious.

Pledge to get us that QB. You get the right one, he will make us forget the last week ever happened.


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Drama "QUEEN"!

I would LOVE for Miami to install a WCO.

Get an OC who is an expert with the WCO. Bring in McNabb and get Cam Newton....


Sparano is nothing more than a glorified offensive line coach who was promoted by Parcells. He is clearly not HC material. Truly an embezzle. Sparano and Ireland make a perfect partnership.

To get a contract extension after two consecutive losing seasons is SAD!!!!

The Dolphins have never had a coach who has ahad 2 straight loosing seasons. A firs. Next year Suprano will have the dubious honor of being the only coach to ever have a three straight loosing seasons.

Ross, enjoy 50,000 empty orange seats at your stadium

My early prediction for 2011 is 6-10.

We will hire Bill Cohwer in 2011 and fire Supringo and ball boy Ireland. 2011 will be the end of the tri-dummies!!!!

+As Mom used to say. From your lips to G-d's Ears.

I think this baby is dead upon delivery.

They're selling us a jalopy tomorrow, and no matter what the salesman say, it won't last a year.

Armando - good evening sir.
Any word on the search for a new OC?
Any word on what Mike Nolan thinks?


What Merlin Says Says!

Tony & Jeffrey.

Petter Principle I & Peter Principle Junior.

Foisted on us by Tuna.....why they remain is incomprehensible!!!

I wonder what the buyout for Fat Tony's new contract is? I have the feeling he won't make it past 8 games next season, if there is a season. The QB is the primary need and a dynamic OC is needed who can stand up to the Fist Pumper. So help me if Henning comes back I will never watch another Dolphins game. Someone buy Saprono a PS3 w a new copy of Madden so he can practice play calling and managing the game and time outs. I have Chad Henne as my QB in Madden and he is awesome, of course I adjust plays at the line and throw it downfield. I hope Checkdown Chad does make it back, but I was watching video of his time at Michigan and saw the same problems of staring down the reciever and a low release which gets his balls batted down. I think his goose may be cooked, he might make a servicible backup.

This is the worst point in franchise history b/c there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You can fire a coach but you can't fire the owner that hires the coach. And after this week, it's clear the owner is the biggest problem.

thank you,i said it over and over and over ,henne doesn't have it, maybe now all those people on henne's jock (bobbyd12) will wake up.


A you tube compilation of Checkdown Chad Henne's greatest college plays. Look for the similar problems he shows now like the low throws which get blocked, the checkdowns, not looking off defensive backs and the interceptions. Did Parcells and Ireland watch any film of this guy or was Ireland in man love w him because he was from Michigan?


What's up with that round table so all those clowns can get together and jerk each others c o c k s and exchange hand shakes!! LMAO


Good luck with that! If he ain't woke up by now -- and he & his crew haven't, in fact they are more ardent in their affection for Young Master Chaddeus now(!!) -- they never will.

Mando's 2cents ain't gonna do it.

Let's hope the brass do soemthing about the QB, or we'll be re-posting this same stuff in 365 days.

What a terrible week. started with Mando ripping on Ricky for telling the truth. at the end of the season. as if he wanted Ricky to speak up DURING the season. huh?

Mando, please be a true Dolfan and not a company man. cuz the people running the company are not to be trusted or sided with...

Here's to the Dolphin revolution. we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore!

Circle Jerk: precisely!

and we fans wind up with their nasty spooge on our faces, as they repeat the same bs next year


Jeff Ireland Was An Inside Job!


tony sparano goes off on rosss. hidden video

hurry before nfl takes it down

Sorry Armando I don't want to hear 'we're going to get a QB' because they won't be able to. The guy were are looking for is not available in FA and from where we pick at 15, the guys will either be gone or we can't afford to use a first on a QB. If we do, maybe you can tell me where our RT, RB, WR, TE, S, ILB are all coming from. And that's assuming you're OK with just adding one guy to the OL. The other this is if we take our QB at 15 there's no guarantee he's going to be any good and certainly no guarantee he's going to be any good next year.

pre-rehearsed answer about Henne:

"All of us, players & coaches alike, need to evaluate ourselves and to improve and to keep striving for our objectives. We are convinced we can win with Chad, and that he will continue to improve."

Why so down on Young, Mando? Change of scenery, with a good QB coach - worth a shot, no? At the very least it pushes Henne...
Hey, this franchise knows it F'd up big this week. Now they got some work to do, in house and with the fanbase.


Tell them to get in touch with me I can mediate the rift bewteen the GM anf TS and find a Qb much cheaper than what Ross was planning on spending.

Aesome read Armando...and probably the BEST thing you have written...you are 100% spot on brother...I dont profess to be a NFL expert at all...i live in Melbourne Australia...but I watch a LOT of american football..I love it...I love AMERICANS because guess what...they are the biggest baddest and BEST...dont get me wrong..you wanna be with an aussie when the fighting starts and that has been proven..we are brothers in arms...but you guys have all that is GREAT and all that is sometimes FLAWED...well thats the price of FREEDOM lads and Il take that anyday over any other country....thanks GOD for the US...no matter what its the US thats keeping it all safe...but my GREATEST lovbe is the PHINS...you guys know I love the Miami Dolphins...ever since i watched the CSONK run like a battering ram man I was hooked on thei team......

Now 2011.....where are we? you want mediocrity or GREATNESS...you choose.....you wanna see the PHINS on top again...feared, admired, loved and known worldwide?....well things have to change....

Armando...you are CORRECT...we gotta get a FRANCHISE QB....somehow...is LUCK the best?...or Mallet...or Newton...for fukks sake look for the man...find him..then MOVE HEAVEN and EARTH till you got him....you may find him by chance in 7th round...but 1 in a million...its in the 1st round you gotta get him....start by sucking it up...realise the price that needs to be paid....and PAY IT...

Sparano....your hanging on because your the last man standing...not because you were great...in fact youve been a DISAPPOINTMENT...
But you get one more chance..find that QB somehow...if not this year, get yourself into position for NEXT YEAR....but tell us what your doin and well come with you....

This it it

I couldn't agree more Armando .....

what a disaster this week has been. It's worse than the loss to the Jets, the loss to the Bills, and the two losses to the Pats all combined ... all in a week where no football was played.


I agree with everything you said except for not to get Vince Young. First, I am not a fan of Vince Young, his attitude a resume stink, but the guy can play and most important win.

Fins should definitely look at VY and try to sign him. After giving serious thought the best option is VY.

1. VY should come free, The Titans owner has said he will be released.

2. VY is a proven winner, has a 30-18 record in games he has started.

3. Not only will VY help us on the air, but he will help us on the ground as well. With the Fins questions at RB next year it could pay up big time.

4. Last and not least no matter what we say VY has proven he is a starter in this league and at the end of the day is an upgrade over Chad Henne. I am not a fan of VY, but like Sparano, the Dolphins and it's fans, I am desperate and if Young brings wins to Miami all the negatives will be put to sleep. Just look at Michael Vick. Desperate time call for desperate measures.

carl peterson is the sole person why none of this has worked. He is in charge and if he lets you work for him you will do as he tells you to do. And so this is why we have no new coach. THANKs CARL

Ireland's as much to blame. Tuna too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0_jf_55mkY.. Just copy and paste ..Check out my clips on youtube! This is a feature on CAMERON WAKE..2 years ago..BIGPLAYCITY SLICKRICKDOG

Only true winner of past few days debacle was Tony Sparano. Right now he pretty much has Ross by the balls! LOL..........

Rob VY in South Fla = trouble, not mature enough to handle the pressure

Armando, Thanks for stating the obvious. We need a QB. BIG NEWS

A week to forget, that is for sure.

Amen, good QB play would go a looong way. An alittle less conservatism from Tony. he needs to roll the dice more often.

anyway, thanks for all the info this week, mando!


Mando, best piece yet. Well said.

Armondo, I must apologize for my previous comment. It came out a bit condescending. I am a bit drunk. You did do a good job staying on top of everything this week.

DolfanSF, hopefully this whole situation caused TS to grow a little bigger set and give him the chance to be more aggressive and get out of Parcells shadow

I agree with many posters about the level of disbelief and hope in the future of this franchise. Obviously Mr. Ross is going through a learning curve here but he is destroying this team incredibly fast. The number one priority for him needs to be find a GM. He needs to fire Ireland yesterday and should keep Peterson only as an advisor -and that's a push but he is his buddy. He should have fired Sparano before courting Harbaugh and make promoting Mike Nolan his plan B.

46, this week, if you are a dolphins fan and not drinking I would be a little worried about you LOL

Tyler Durden, want to fight?


Glad to hear from an Aussie that enjoys US football. I watch Aussie Football sometimes and those blokes are crazy with out helmets. I also am a Formula One fan and on my bucket list is to make it to Melbourne for a Formula One race some day. Aussie woman are some of the hottest it the world and seem more down to earth than many US women. Anyway as pissed as I am w keeping the Fist Pumper it is probably the right decision with the CBA players union issues. We can always fire Fit Pumper in Chief if we get a better offer and save more than paying hardball $30 million over 4 years. The dink and dunk offense has to go, that is the biggest problem besides Checkdown Chad, even with a good QB we would suck with Henning's play calling. I have to say there will not be much optimism for fins fans next year, I do think season tickets and suite sales will suffer. It is funny Mike Dee (Dolphins General Manager) asked for money from Broward county this week to do more work to Dolphins Stadium, that aint gonna happen lol. Is Ross running out of liquidity? Rumor is Uncle Wayne had to give him a multi hundred million dollar loan to close the deal. Maybe Armando needs to try to dig deeper into the finances of the new owner, that may enlighten us more on their new strategy.

Tyler, he should lock Peterson in a closet so he could never offer input in football operations again, his track record speaks for itself in KC

My concern Armando is that none of you in the media will address the fractures that were caused in fan base over this. As patronized as you guys in the media might feel, it is very disconcerting to long time Dolpfans. I would like you guys in the media to convey the pain brought to the Dolphin community.

There is nothing they can say tomorrow that has any relevance after this disgraceful season. Nothing has changed except Henning is gone. That's it.
That's certainly not enough.

I am in the Craig M camp.

This post by Armando is just pathetic. Armondo, why are you sold in love with MR FG? FG is a clown and that has been obvious for a couple of years now.

I suspect you are simply too close to the whole situation to see it clearly.

The prevent offense is a joke and worse yet a major liability to ever being competitive against good teams. The conservative predictable Sparano approach is junk.

Damn it, why the hell couldn't we promote Mike Nolan to HC, give Sparano the option of being the OC (I think he'd make a pretty good one) and make Bill Sheridan (linebachers coach) the DC ? I understand Sparano most likely wouldn't want to work under his DC. So they coulda let him walk, and we'd still be searching for an OC just like we are now anyway. Oh well, my dream scenario will obviously never happen and Nolan will eventually move on to greener pastures to be another team's HC and he will probably become the next Belicheck. But we got himm for at least one more year, so hey, lets just sit back and enjoy our top 5 D next year. (super psyched to see what Odrick and Edds can bring to the table)

I imagine Chad Henne reading this blog and crying. That is the only thing that gives me any satisfaction right now

A QB isn't going to solve this, the problems here start at the top... and this week, Ross showed what an attention-starved clown he really is. Darker days are coming. What a disappointment.

Also, I propose we draft Cam Newton this year, keep Henne as the starter and insert Newton for the Wildcat packages ala Pat White. Unlike Pat White, Newton is a man among boys and will be able to run effectively in the NFL. Develop his passing skills while utilizing his rushing skills. At the very worst, we will have a beast of a football player who, if doesn't pan out at QB, would make one helluva H-Back (think Chris Cooley.) Just my 2 cents...

This is about the worse article Armando has written and most of this week has been pathetic.

Ross is supposed to kiss Mr FG's ass? That is your big solution?

Oh and dreaming of a different QB. Sounds like you have been drinking the Dolphin offensive coach kool-aid to me Armando.

Heaping all the problems on the players is what Sparano and Henning have always done.

I know it is not the popular view in here but Henne is a lot better than most of you want to think.

The kid has been given an extreme raw deal.

piss poor O-line. Sparano

Piss poor play calling. Sparano-Henning

Over coached to the point of being a robot. Sparano-D Lee

No speed WR. Ireland-Sparano.

Henne has talent. Sparano is a clown.

Throw the QB under the bus. That's easy and weak.

Then the one QB who has the talent to make a difference V Young, Armando dismisses out of hand.

Dude, you must love mediocrity.

wow low blow on the 790 the ticket thing there Armando! weren't you the one bitchin about the SS guy didn't credit you? let it go dude you muck up as much as anyone, lol

Kyle's cousin, draft Newton? that is pretty funny. He will follow jamarcus russells path, out of the NFL in a couple yeats

Oregon, I agree, Henne is very talented in throwing the 2 yard checkdown, in all other areas he is lacking. He is not an NFL quality QB despite all the physical tools he has

And then there is all those who have displayed the Ross hatred.

Again this goes directly to Armando who has been at the forefront of the Ross bashing.

Ross owns the team. Sparano sucks. Ross trys to find a better coach and many of you bag on him.

So what that Sparano is under contract. The man is going to make 3 mill regardless. Why shed a tear for him?

Ross wants a better team for us all. Sparano is not going to bring that but Armando kisses Mr FG's ass anyway.

Come on man!

MCW, aside from size and a big arm, Newton and JaMarcus Russel have NOTHING in common. Oh, they're both black too, but I will give you the benefit of doubt and assume thats not the reason you made the comparison. Bottom line, Russel = Slug, both mentally and physically. Newton = rare combo of size and speed in the mold of Timmy Tebow. Plus the heart of a champion. Now ill admit idk how smart the dude is, but I am quite confident he is no JaMarcus Russel.

Also, MCW, if not Newton, what QB would you want to go after ? Ryan Mallet ? Because he is more like Russel than Newton. And then after him there is............who ?

Armando is on the mark with this column, he finally agrees with me, we need a REAL QB....as far as coaches....Harbaugh, not worthy, Cowher was best hire at this point in time.... Sparano, like a wife, cheaper to keep her, instead of a divorce....

And please don't bring up Gabbert or Locker. Gabbert's a 3rd rounder and Locker is the most overrated QB to come out of college since Akili freakin Smith...

redsky - that's a brilliant analogy for Sparano. Kind of a sad reality though...

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