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Dolphins under investigation for improper player-coach contact

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today said five teams have been fined for improper contact between coaches and players prior to the lockout being in place -- and although he did not name the Dolphins, it is believed they are one of the teams that are being investigated for the issue.

NFL executive counsel Jeff Pash told reporters after Goodell's press conference that the five teams are actually either being fined or are the subject of an investigation.

"Five teams were contacted, whether they were inquiries or fines or some of each, I haven't read the letters so I don't know," Pash said. "The commissioner sort of rather strongly suggested that one team in South Florida might have crossed the line. Beyond that, I don't know."

Pash did not confirm the Dolphins have indeed been fined. Simply read his words. A report that Pash did confirm a Dolphins fine is erroneous. The Dolphins may yet be fined. But confirmation of that is not yet available. The Dolphins had no comment through spokesman Harvey Greene.

Quarterback Chad Henne, Miami's presumed starting quarterback, told The Miami Herald last month he'd been meeting with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for the last month in preparation for player-organized workouts that would replace any offseason workouts or minicamps lost to a possible lockout or other circumstance related to the uncertain and unresolved collective bargaining contract.

Henne, apparently comfortable with the new playbook, would presumably run the offensive portion of the workouts. To be equiped for that task, Henne had to learn portions of the playbook, or at least significant portions of it. And to do that, he likely had to study the darn thing.

Regardless, even meeting with Daboll to discuss strategy was apparently out of bounds. The collective bargaining agreement between players and the league specified that following the uncapped year, players and coaches would not meet until at least March 15.

Henne's contact with both Daboll and quarterback coach Karl Dorrell happened in February.

"I took some vacation time, maybe a week or two here or there, but once we signed Coach Brian Daboll, I tried to get into there as quick as I could to learn the offense," Henne told the Herald's David J. Neal during a team golf outing in February. "I've been meeting with him for the last month now. I feel pretty comfortable with what he's teaching and what the offense is going to be about just in case -- who knows what's going to happen this Thursday? -- that I can pass it on to the guys and help the guys out."

The Herald reported Henne's apparently inadvertant admission about the contact in February. Henne is quoted extensively in the story written by Neal at the time, talking about the new offense and how it is quarterback friendly and a mix of the New England and New York Jets offense. He did so with authority because he'd gotten the playbook and some tutoring from Miami coaches at a time the collective bargaining agreement said he could not.

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whatever

Sweet!

Ross can afford it.

Pay the fine and give Chad the Playbook!!!!

Never underestimate the character issues that come along with these proffesional athletes.

Dancing and having a good time in the Bahama's.

Trying to get a leg up on learning the new offense.

Just another common thug!

What do you think Armando? An intervention maybe?

these idiots can't do anythig right! a bunch of suck bag losers!!! it just shows everyone how dumb henne really is. and all these people want him as their qb.

Between Ross and Chad they are making Miami look bad and the University of Michigan look worse. For both receiving a top notch education, they both do a fantastic job making themselves look like idiots...

yes, henne is not bright. this gaffe was not necessary to confirm that. but none of this matters anyway. the dolphins will finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs next year. the only solution is to fire sparano and find a proven quarterback.

I love it when ignorant people call others ignorant. It's the epitome of.....well....ignorance.

I'm sure Henne called the meeting with Daboll.

Henne: Yeah Brian, come on up to my office and bring me that new playbook.

Daboll: Well Mr. Henne sir, ah that would be a violation of the current non-CBA rules.

Henne: Do you know who I am Mr. Daboll? You'll do as your TOLD!

Duh!!!!

Ignorant!!!! Look who is talking sweet Odinsuck. You shade tree mechanic. Shut your pie hole....a-hole!!

Armando...pace yourself man.....you have been cranking them out today....

I already called Henne a bone head when you first reported that last month.....

Now a month or so later I am proud of the chap....getting ahead in the game....how can you hate on that?

(.)(.)

aye, judie.
i like your moody
& that big ole' boooooooty :)

Go write your own blog kris, and remember to always capitalize lenghtly portions of your rants so we wont be confussd when the woman in you comes-a-biatchin'...

I am surprisd it is only a half-dozon teams caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Give it another month, more to follow

GulfDolphin.....

Whats your Problem?

Write your issue witth me out...like a big boy......you cna do it....use your words....

I should really use spell check...

ohhhhh......i get it GulfDolphin.....

I disagreed with in a previous blog today.....never insulted you..didn't call your momma names...didn't even hit you with sarcasm...it was a staright ahead post...WE LOST TO THE STEELERS....NO EXCUSES....

I have agreed with you many times in the past and stated so on here....

but ONE DISAGREEMENT....and BAM.....enemies for life!

Get real man......

Then grow up a bit......



Derek4@ 6:26 (last post, Mando moving from one press stopper to the next)

I would not only have the nuts to admit it if I were wrong I`d probably be willing to wear something expressing it in neon out in public. I was one of the bigger Henne supporters around last season, kept waiting to see the player that broke out against the Jets week 4 of the 09 season. For alot of reasons it didn`t turn out that way, still want to give him the benefit of the doubt but my gut tells me it`s time to bring in somebody else, even though I don`t need a time machine to tell you he more than likely is our starter next year by default given the current state of the NFL.

The only thing I see alot of bloggers including myself doing is debating which would be the best pieces to put around him and the rest of the team to see if they can`t turn the corner. I believe that this team has alot of pieces already in place and just need an infussion of skill players with the ability to score from any were on the field, aside from a Q.B. to start grooming should Henne falter any further.

I would like to point out though that if we got the right players and began making some big plays that swung games in our favor giving us a winning record next season, how much of that you`d be willing to credit Sparano for ? Isn`t it safe to say that in that case you`d have to consider giving the credit to Ireland ? I sincerely hope Sparano begins to show signs himself of the light bulb turning on in his head, he loves using that phrase when refering to some of his players but anybody watching his woeful attempts at managing games would ask the same about him.

I don`t see how you can be see critical of us when it`s really a matter on your part of killing the messenger, we only parrot amongst each other the painfully obvious. In any event I hope I`m wrong and have to apologize and wear my neon sign cause I tell you I`d do it proudly if it meant we were playing meaningful football again, it`s all anybody on here wants at the end of the day.

If all it amounts to is a fine and were really serious about coming out of the gates guns blazing then pay the damn thing !! and gain any competetive advatage you can !!

While nothing is certain, it appears from the article (not the blog) Armando has up now that pretty much the R&R show is over and neither will be back. Here is what we got:

Lex Hilliard - Miami picked in the 6th round, waived him, brought him back to the practice squad, and then got some time when Ronnie was injured. Not the profile of a guy going to carry the running game.

Kory Sheets - speedy back, was projected to be a return man last year before injury put him on IR. Sparano says he is quick, but can't block. A change of pace back at best.

IMHO, I just don't see any of the late round backs in this draft as future every down backs. Most of the ones I checked out seem too small with no potential to ever become a good enough blocker by TS lofty standards.

So that leaves them with two logical choices:

1. Draft Ingram (Relax, I will spare you my rant)

2. Pick up a back in FA. Here is the full list of 2011 RB's that I pulled off of the everyprofootballteam site. (if its wrong, blame them). To tell you the truth, while some can help us, none are screaming out gotta have's. Maybe DeAngelo or Steven Jackson?


Joseph Addai - Colts
Deon Anderson - Cowboys
Michael Bennett - Buccaneers
Cedric Benson - Bengals
Ahmad Bradshaw - Giants
Michael Bush - Raiders
Rock Cartwright - Redskins
Heath Evans - Saints
Korey Hall - Packers
Brad Hoover - Panthers
Brandon Jackson - Packers
Steven Jackson - Rams
Kevin Jones - Bears
Thomas Jones - Jets
LaMont Jordan - Broncos
Vonta Leach - Texans
Brian Leonard - Bengals
Jamal Lewis - Browns
Laurence Maroney - Patriots
Corey McIntyre - Bills
Sammy Morris - Dolphins
Lousaka Polite - Dolphins
Mike Sellers - Redskins
Fred Taylor - Patriots
Brian Westbrook - Eagles
Cadillac Williams - Buccaneers
DeAngelo Williams - Panthers
Jason Wright - Cardinals

Kris,

What is your problem? I see you are the one having issues.

An example (like many of yours over tha ages)is your earlier post knocking my 5:06 down like it was a smear campaign.

I pretty much faulted the entire organization for a 7-9 season, but nevertheless, typed that it could have been worse, and hopefully next season the, ahem, ball bounces our way a bit more.

I realize (to quote you, "let the Steelers game DIE...we LOST...PERIOD...END Of Story!), that game is history.

I always believe that one shouldn't ignore history, but then, I am not like you, who pretends he has a crystal ball at his disposal.

What I find most disparaging in your posts, is you tend to get on this blog and write little to nothing about what Armando just posted, instead seeking others input to tear at it; even adding words (and percieved notions that weren't even typed.

You're a mind reader too, huh?

Here's a perfect example:
Kris@ 6PM, close enough:

"The main problem with your arguement is that we we could just as easily have been 2-14 last year, heck maybe we could have gone 14-2 with the right bounce of the ball."

I know for a fact I didn't say the Fins would have wound up with a 2-14, or a 14-2. I said we were not that bad of a team at 7-9, and a mere one more win and we'd be a .500 club. Typical of you, always exaggerating.

And I did not say a word about your mother...that's just another woman thing making stuff up out of thin air to create some attention...

Leave it to you to call my post an arguement -it was merely a total critique of the team in response to Sparanos' offensive skuttle.

And yes Kris, you post so many predictions you practically cover your butt in diapers. It isn't hard to say I "(finally) got it right."

Well almost, at least close enough for you to pretend you are Nostradmaus.

Now this should be, END Of STORY!

ps, did you like how I emphasized the last part in cap-locks? Just like you tend to do.

YEAHHH

BRIAN DABOLL!

CHAD HENNE!

BAD BOYS!

RENEGADES!

BREAK OUT THE HARLEYS!

BREAK OUT THE AZZLESS CHAPS!

ILLEGAL MEETINGS -- IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.

LOOK OUT RAIDERS -- THERE's A NEW GANG IN TOWN...

YEAHHH!!!!!!

0x80,

I don't understand the confusion about Hilliard. I'm not referring to you, you just happen to have brought him up.

Somebody will come on and say something good about him. Then 10 people come back and talk him down.

I myself don't believe he'll ever be a feature back. Having said that, I'll say this, I think he's great player to have on the team.

He runs tough between the tackles and can get to the edge as well. He's a natural pass catcher out of the backfield. While he doesn't make people miss, he has excellent vision, power and knows how to find cut back lanes.

He's a solid blocker and can play the fullback position too.

Most of all, he's one of the best special teams guy on our roster.

He'll probably never be "The Guy" but he's a complete utility player. He can be a change of pace guy that can spell relief for ALL of the RB positions. He's a good value player and I'd keep him around for his special teams play alone.

I hope the people that have negatives to say about him get it this time. Nuff said!

THANX TO THE RATS THEY CALL THE PRESS.

AS ARMANDO SAID BLAME THE PRESS.

YOU LITTLE RATS.

IF THEY DON'T TALK TO YOU STOOL PIGEONS THEN YOU WILL ALL BE OUT OF A JOB.

THEY MIGHT HAVE LIED TO HIM AND SAID IT WAS OFF THE RECORD.

ALL OF YOU ARE LIKE THE GEEKS IN HIGH SCHOOL TELLING THE TEACHER WHAT SOMEONE DO.

ALL OF YOU ARE SO PROUD THAT YOU RAT OUT PEOPLE FROM YOUR ON TEAM.

THANX TO THE BUNCH OF RATS IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

OWN TEAM

odin...at first I thought it was Darryl D blogging, he is from Montana and a huge fan of Lex. Consider this...we pick him, then we waive him, then he spent a full year on the practice squad. The injury to Ronnie gave him a chance to get in the game. If I'm not mistaken, he had zero carries in 2010. All that leads me to believe they don't see a lot of potential with him...just going with the ol 'actions speak louder than words' theory. If he can contribute on special teams or FB, fine, but it seems to me its the FO making the loudest argument that he isn't the RB they are looking for.

Incidentally Polite who is now a FA, was actually rated like #30 as a blocking FB in 2010. Maybe Lex can be better in that regards. You seem to know his playing better than I do.

Why is Henne talking to anyone about this, just shut up and do it. This is again, poor judgement on his part! Sure, trust the media, they never let's the facts get in the way of a good story!!!

I like Polite and Hilliard, they can develop with work, time and attention.

**Imposter Alert**

Ignorant!!!! Look who is talking sweet Odinsuck. You shade tree mechanic. Shut your pie hole....a-hole!!

Posted by: Mr. Crowley | March 22, 2011 at 08:02 PM


This is a FAKE Mr. Crowley @ 8:02

The REAL Mr. Crowley would never talk to me like that.

Me and him go way back. He lives in that little space between my closet and my gun cabinets!

He likes it there, he's a sneaky little Devil!

odin @9:57

Great post nice breakdown on Hilliard and his ability to contribute at multiple posotions a younger and stronger Sammy Morris type

0x80

If we can sign Micheal Bush I would be very pleased, remember he slid to round 4 because he was coming out of College with a serious knee injury, he seems healed and has shown flashes when given the opportunity, I really like him at the right price, should have fresh legs as well. We can forget S.Jackson I doubt the Rams let the beast go anywhere especially if the Franchise tag holds. Deangelo Williams is special but always hurt, only other player on that list is A.Bradshaw, still would like to see about becoming a player in any trades involving Tolbert in S.D. would even cosider swapping 3 spots with them in round 1 straight up for him.

0x80,

It's a little ironic that you mention the FO's actions over words in regards to Hilliard.

During camp and pre season SpOrano repeatedly metioned that Hilliard would be seeing a lot of snaps during the season.

Another head scratcher from the powers that be.

Darryl and I are BOTH Hilliard fans. In the post above I was just citing points fr the sake of argument.

Personally, I feel that given the chance Hilliard will be the perfect complimentary back. NOT the feature back, but that solid grind em out type that comes in as a breather for "The Guy".

Redsky,

I don't believe Henne knew he was breaking any rules. This was a unique situation due entirely to the CBA dispute.

I think if there's blame to be laid, it should be on SpOrano and Daboll, right on up the chain of command.

SOMEBODY should have been aware of this and at least let everyone involved know to keep it under wraps. Tell the truth, I wouldn't be surprised if Sporano and Daboll were unaware as well. Either way, a player is the last person I would blame.

The coaches and management schedule all the meetings and decides who works on what and when.

FWIW, Just my opinion..............

The most confusing thing to me about Hennegate is I thought that players and coaches could communicate up until the deadline when the CBA expired. I understand from what I`ve read that this was the case involving Henne and Daboll who tried putting in a little work before the lock out or maybe I`m lost in translation ?

QUIET! IF EVERYONE WAITS A FEW MORE MINUTES JOE SCHMOE WILL CHIME IN AND DEFEND HENNE THEN DENY HE DID AND THEN CALL EVERYONE NAMES "KIDDO"

Then he'll drown us in his infinite wisdom and praise everyone who agrees with him!

I'm pleased that Armando is trying to quickly put as much distance as possible from that ridiculous "Henne having fun in the Bahamas" post.

Worst. Entry. Ever.

As for this stuff, so friggin' what? Obviously, they weren;t the only team to do exactly the same thing and it's not as if they're losing draft picks over it. It's a slap on the wrist. Big deal.

Odin,
you're right, henne probably did'nt know, he does'nt know anything about football!

Mando,
By the title of the article I thought Fat Tony might have touched one of Henne's balloons!!!

I was just making some pop corn and getting ready for Rd. 3 between Kris and Gulf.

I think Gulf came out swinging in rd. 1 and rocked Kris right of the bat. By the end of the round though, it was clear Kris had shook it off and battled back.

In round 2 it looked like Kris picked up right where he left off in round 1. I thought he might just finish Gulf off right then and there. But alas, Gulf turned it back around on him and held his own to finish out the round.

I would say it's definitely 1 round apiece up to this point. Come on you two, I got my Pop corn, so LETS GET READY TO RuuuuuuuuuuuuM BELL!

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

fin4life,

I don't know if I'm understanding it correctly or not. It was confusing for sure.

My understanding was that in the case of new coaches, the players could communicate with them, but only for introductory "get to know one another" purposes.

Not for any type of "work, strategy sessions or playbook adjustments/reviews".

Sounds kind of ignorant to me, but who am I too judge?

Hey everyone is raving about Da'Rel Scott at the minute...anyone know him?

Fins Armageddon,

I had a couple of things for you about pointing fingers.

I was even considering defending Henne "A LITTLE".

Then finish off with a couple of quips about some less than stellar posts of yours the past few days.

After those last few one liners there you had me chuckling pretty good.

You thought Tony might have touched Henne's balloons-ROTFLMAO!

So, instead of all of the above, I'll just say THANKS for the laughs!!!!

WHEN HENNE WAS IN THE BAHMAHAS THE HYENA COWHER TRIED TO CAPTORE HIM BUT HENNE EXCAPED. THE HYENA WAS GOING TO MAKE HIM A SLAVE BOY AT THE MANSON HE WAS LIVING IN WITH ORPAH WINFRY NAKED AND DRUNK ON TEKILA BUT LIPPY THE LION HAVE WARN HENNE ABOUT THIS JUST IN TIME. NOW HENNE IS SAFE AND HYENA COWHER AND ORPAH ARE IN THERE JAIL CELS IN APE CITY..........THE TRIAL IS SOON AND THE GANG OF DEFEAT WILL BE JUGED TOO

BACK FROM WORK................ DOD ANY ONE NOTICE WHEN THERE'S BAD NEWS ABOUT THE DOLPHINS ,ARMANDO IS HARD AT WORK ...........


MY UNDERSTANDING WE KNOW THIS COMING AND NO SURPRISE THERE BUT ARMANDO TOOK THE TIME AND PUT AN EFFORT TO PUSH A POST TONIGHT .

DID ANY ONE NOTICE

Bigafly,

I didn't really know anything about Scott until I started with the mocks and rankings.

5th year senior, two serious injuries(ankle/wrist-I think), has had issues with fumbles up until senior year. Not an accomplished blocker.

Other than those negatives, great size and vision, is track star fast. I think he clocked some 4.3's in the 40.

He's definitely one of the RB's I would be considering as a late mid to late rounder.

If you look at the mocks and the rankings people have him going all over the place. I think SOMEBODY will make a BIG REACH for him.

Odinseye,

Just to be fair to Kris, I edited my last post taking out alot of words that would further inflame the tit-for-tat.

Enjoy your popcorn.

ODIN,


WHAT HAPPENED TO ROMANCE ? MY CO WORKER , HE'S HAVING A DATE WITH A MARRIED WOMAN IN HER FORTY'S AFTER HE BOUGHT HER AN IPAD NEW FOR 90 DOLLARS .

ODIN,

WHAT DID HAPPEN WITH KRIS TONIGHT ? PLEASE MAKE IT SHORT.

No ALoco..... we the public; just SWALLOW it whole !

Most of us just accept what we're told without questioning the author's motive.


Its the same reason we get

s-T-E-A-M-r-O-L-L-E-D

by Walmart Advertisements!


"Save money - Live better"

Eat Food that has arrived by boat from China !!
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IPads RULE !!!
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Gulf,

I actually commented on your 5:06 post. That's why I was following yours and Kris's argument.

I thought your 5:06 was a good post and agreed with it.

I didn't really disagree with Kris either, but I felt he was just being a frustrated fan and "slightly" exagerated a few things.

Either way, you guys had a good "exchange" going on there-LOL!

Aloco,

To each their own. Live and let live.

I don't really have any qualms with Married women. I just try to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.

Translation: If the husband wants to watch or join in, more power to them.

If he's some kind of jealous freak or the wife is just trying to pay him back for something, I tend to avoid those situations altogether.

PS: Kris and Gulf were "exchanging" ideas on if the team is really as bad as last season made it look.

Hope that's short enough for you Bro!

Miss Edie: Babs, where do eggs come from?

Babs Johnson: From little chickens, Mama. They lay them, and we eat them.

Miss Edie: But suppose someday there weren't any chickens. Would that mean there wouldn't be any eggs?

Babs Johnson: Oh, I don't think you have to worry about that, Mama.

Miss Edie: But... but is it true, Babs? lf there weren't any chickens, there wouldn't be any eggs? Is that true?

Babs Johnson: I suppose so, Mama... but there will always be chickens. You can be sure of that.

Miss Edie: But suppose someday it happens. Suppose someday there weren't any chickens. Oh, Babs, what could I possibly do? And then the eggman wouldn't have... he wouldn't have a job. It might happen, Babs. What could I do?

Babs Johnson: Now, Mama, that's just egg paranoia. I think you're being very silly. There will always be chickens. Why, there are so many chickens now... that we can eat some and let some of them live... in order to supply us with eggs. Chickens are plentiful, Mama. The world will never be without chickens. You can be sure of that.

Miss Edie: Oh, Babs... IT COULD HAPPEN! IT COULD HAPPEN!

Some of you guys REALLY need to have more faith in Sparano...The guy seems like a decent (if not Average) NFL Coach.

Some will say that an AVERAGE coach needs a GREAT team to get to the Superbowl...


But try to remember
that Packers Coach
Mike McCarthy
is an AVERAGE NFL coach who got his team to the SUPERBOWL.

Is there really a difference between Sparano and McCarthy?


Can you remember...

-- most of the time, Dave Wannstedt seemed LOST.

-- Nick Saban was too small for the job.

-- Cam Cameron Drafted TED GINN"s Family!


All in all,...things are better now than they've been for the past several years.
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Just one Man's Opinion.


Cheers!
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Odin, Henne proved his feeble mind by discussing anything with the media. It is not a secret once you share it with anyone

Yumm, I'm having some radioactive sushi from Japan....delish!!!! Ahhhh!!!!

Odin, Henne proved his feeble mind by discussing anything with the media. It is not a secret once you share it with anyone

Posted by: redsky | March 23, 2011 at 12:53 AM


You must be a fake redsky, cause that's just ignant, I-G-N-A-N-T, Ignant that's whut ya is.

I'm tired of defending Henne, but that's just dummerin igmant.

A feeble mind because he discussed something with the media? Duh, Hello! He was being interviewed about the CBA and the upcoming season.

How can you knock the guy for trying to tell the fans, here I am, yeah I stunk it up last season, but I'm hear right now, ready to get started on this new offense.

It's obvious he wasn't aware it was a violation.

Well, it's obvious unless you have a feeble mind.....................


**********************************************************

Good times for those who manufacture 'GeigerCounters'

**NEWSFLASH**UPDATE**NEWSFLSH**UPDATE**

I honestly can't tell you how many days into this lockout we are, But this just in:

The owners are still GREEDY!

and.......

The players are getting GREEDIER!

Consequently, if Miami is one of the teams thats been investigated and fined, I hope Chad Henne got the full playbook and has made many, MANY copies!

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