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Dolphins need to work during dispute

Soon and very soon, you'll start to read stories of NFL teams gathering informally and working together or, at the very least, conditioning together while the lockout/decertification saga plays out.

My hope is Dolphins players, which were scheduled to begin their conditioning program later this month, will be organized enough to come together as a team and work out. It helps team unity. It helps morale. It helps their conditioning!

The importance of this stuff cannot be stressed enough, I believe. No, we're not at the point where the club would be running practices. But one has to take the first step (conditioning) before one can begin to run toward the second step (football practice).

Former Dolphins wide receiver and current advisor to the CEO Nat Moore knows this and believes that team unity, even in the face of a labor dispute, is important. Appearing on Armando and the Amigo (you can listen to the podcast here).  Moore addressed the topic:

"I tell all our listeners that just like in 1982, 1987 and 1993, eventually there will be some kind of resolve and the game will be played," Moore said. "This is just too great a game for the players and the ownership to not come together and come up with an equitable agreement. What that is? I cannot tell you.

"The thing I would caution players, coaches and everyone else is there's so much stuff out there in the media, of people that don't know. I could talk off the cuff but I don't know because I'm not sitting in those meetings. The thing they have to do is for the players to continue to do the things they would normally do. Don't get so caught up in this because eventually you're going to play football.

And in 1982, the two teams that stuck together, practiced every day, got together and go the actual content of what was happening in the meetings, those were the teams that played for the Super Bowl. So I think it's about the team staying together, continue to build a bond, and the players continue to stay in shape and doing the things they need to do to be ready when this things gets resolved because it will."

Moore was talking, of course, about the Dolphins and Redskins.

"Both teams, we were out 56 days, but we got together every day at Miami-Dade Junior College North and we got a report from (player rep) Jimmy Cefalo about what was going on in New York. And that kept everyone's minds at ease. In the meantime, we worked on practicing and staying in shape and working on the stuff we knew we'd be doing when we got back. And in the process, we were way ahead of everybody we played against. The Washington Redskins, with Joe Theismann and his group, they did the same thing. They practiced three times a week while we practiced every day. So think it's important that things you don't control, you have to be a professional and know what the job description is. Know that when you come back you're going to be competing against others to maintain your position on the team. You need to be ready."

There can be no denying the work can help. But here's the question: Who leads the workouts?

We know that Chad Henne said he'd call the workouts for the offensive players. But does the embattled QB have enough clout to tell other players on offense what to do and when? Would WR Brandon Marshall, who had his disagreements with Henne last season, snap to attention when the quarterback calls a workout?

And what about the defense? I know the defense has players that could covene a workout. Yeremiah Bell comes to mind. So does Karlos Dansby. I hope they would be willing and eager to get the guys working.

But it remains the offense that I worry about.

One thing that would help Henne get that group organized is that he still has Jake Long's ear. And Long has the respect of most, if not all, of his players. Maybe Long would be the guy bringing everyone together.

It is a test of leadership. It is a test of work ethic.

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IRELAND HAD A NICE INTERVIEW ON MIAMI DOLPHIN SITE ABOUT THE DRAFT AND NOT HAVING ANY ONY ONE TO POUNCE IDEAS WITH AFTER BP LEFT .


Aloco, last I heard BP was still on the payroll acting as a consultant. Is BP 100% out of the picture now?

Regarding Chad Henne's struggles with leadership, no one should overlook the massive complicating factor of Chad Pennington, who came in at the end of training camp 2008 and took over the offense. Until Pennington came along, it looked like Henne might have been the best option going into 2008. Because Henne became the starter through injury, not through straight competition, and because Pennington's STILL lurking around, it's hard for the players to throw their cleats over the fence with Chad Henne. The best thing the Fins could do to help Henne would be to ask Pennington to retire and join the coaching staff. He's a great influence on Henne himself, but from a team leadership perspective, he's a disaster for Henne. This may even impact any other QB who's brought in - as long as Pennington's in the mix, the team will have trouble determining who the leader is.

ox80....... ireland quote from the interview ..... (( I MISS BILL ,I DON'T HAVE HIM TO POUNCE IDEAS OFF HIM ANY MORE,I KNOW IT'S ALL ON ME NOW.MY JOB IS TO FIND GREAT PLAYER FOR MY COACH ))

BP GOT PAID THE FULL AMOUNT OF 12 MILLION BY THE EX DOLPHIN OWNER ....IT'S DONE .NO BP ANY MORE TO KICK AROUND .

ANOTHER QUOTE FROM IRELAND ...........((( IT'S BETTER TO HAVE 2 PICKS ON THE TOP 50 THAN HAVING ONLY ONE PICK ))...CAN ANY ONE READ ANY THING OUT OF THAT QUOTE ?

Jefferson 9:10

I agree the team looks more to Pennington as an over all leader, that though is on Henne maybe if he wasn`t of to himself on the sidelines or laughing with somebody about something while down a couple of scores late in games people would take him more seriously.

I`ll tell you something else Pennington has been as bad for Henne`s development as anybody else, the original check down Chad (he had to be wasn`t gonna be threading any needles with that noodle arm) has been in Henne`s grill since day one about being a game managing Q.B. when in reality he is a gun slinger at hart, just watch College tape of him throwing it all over the place to Braylon Edwards and Mario Manningham.

Buzz,

"It is the school system's fault that you don't know when to use an apostrophe."

No, that was my point. It's not the school system's fault, it's my fault for being an idiot who didn't learn all of his grammatical rules. Just like it's not the school system's fault that you didn't know there was gravity on the moon. No one in this country takes responsibility for their own actions or mistakes, it's much easier to blame the school system or our parents. So it's my opinion that you are solely to blame for not being aware of the moons gravitational qualities. Just as it is my fault for my grammatical error.

buzz,

IF I AM 5 YEARS OLD AND WENT TO SCHOOL AND MY SCHOOL AND MY PARENTS DIDN'T HELP ME AND DIRECT ME AT THE RIGHT WAY AND I BECOME NOT A GOOD STUDENT ...... I BLAME MY PARENTS AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ..................

R.Goodell sent a text message to all 1,900 active NFL players urging them to do there part in seeking a solution to the Labor dispute. Say what you will about the Comissioner he`s no dummy, brilliant move. Take into account that out of those 1,900 maybe 5 to 600 make 2 mil or more and you can see where he`s going with this by attacking there weakest point, which is the majority of players in or around league min. to 1.5 a year. These are the guys who don`t wanna loose checks or family health plans and quite franky were the NFLPA`s unity will sart to show cracks as the season approaches and lost wages loom.

ALL PLUMBERS,CAR MECHANICS , TRASH COLECTORS ,7/11 VEDORS AND NFL PLAYERS CAN EASLY BLAME THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THEIR PARENTS FOR THEIR FAILURE IN SCHOOL .

Hope everyone had a good St.Pattys day, I know up here it's a big deal, But I'am wondering what everyone did on St.Pattys day.., Aloco, you go first....

Aloco, you are the exception. I also blame the school system and your parents for your short comings.

Fin4life, the union is saying the letter was a stupid move on Goodells part and will only serve to strengthen their stance. The players are laughing at the letter and feel insulted that the league seems to be under the belief that they are morons. So it seems that it wasn't brilliant in the least but may cause this thing to go on longer.

ALL PLUMBERS,CAR MECHANICS , TRASH COLECTORS ,7/11 VEDORS AND NFL PLAYERS CAN EASLY BLAME THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THEIR PARENTS FOR THEIR FAILURE IN SCHOOL .

What are you ever talking about?

Menace,

My Bro in laws B-Day is on the 16th. so since I`ve been with my wife St. Pattys day has been memorable for some serious hang overs, this year was no exception. I did make myself one hell of a steak sandwich though, I tell you I can make a better one than any Latin American Cafeteria in Miami.

P.S. The best cure for a hang over is taking three 400 mlg. Ibuprofen and chasing it down with a very cold beer, 20 to 30 min. later no more hang over.

I'm Irish so my St. Pattys day was awesome. But "Cuban" Menace what exactly did you celebrate yesterday? Why is it that our holiday was robbed by the entire country but no one even knows what the holiday means to the Irish? How is it that non Irish citizens are taking the day off from work to celebrate a holiday that has absolutely nothing to do with them? I don't know what's going on but it definitely opened my eyes up. I can't wait to take Cinqo De Mayo and Quanza off from work.

F4L, I usually take 5 200mg of Ibuprofen,But I take it up a notch and go stright to the freezer where the "Pineapple Empress" always has a bottle of Jagermiester.......

Buzz,

What do you expect the Union to say, there in the middle of a labor dispute, did you expect them to say, yeah were worried about the vets at that wage scale, which they are or else why do you think alot of high profile players have publicly said that they would lend money to any player in need. Think about it your smart enough to read between the lines. The weak point in NFLPA unity will show when lost wages loom, for players at the bottom of the wage scale it`s a killer, it`s money they can never recoup in an already short career, plus having money lent to them by another player is money they still owe, while not getting paid, so I`ll pose your own question to you, do you really think there that stupid (morons)

Sean, I advise you to take those days off and celebrate "others" Holidays, That's what makes America so great...., That and the Water parks of the country......

BUZZ,

SINCE WE WERE BABYS ,THE PARENTS HAVE THE JOB TO MAKE SURE WE R GOING TO BE SUCCESFUL IN LIFE .UNTIL WE R 18 AND WE GO TO GOLLEGE THEN IT'S OUR DUTY TO BE RESPONSABLE AND THAT INCLUDES EVERY THING ....THE FOUNDATION IS THE PARENTS BUT TO BLAME A KID WHO'S 8 YEARS OLD WHO'S PARENTS NOT SHOW FOR HIS FUTURE TROUBLE IS MISLEADING ......................


Menace I didn`t wanna come of like the only drunk lol, always keep a bottle of Barcardi in the freezer as well for such occasions.

I Wonder where Channing(Duhhh)Crowder was dragging his knuckles at yesterday........

Goodall failed to lead plain and simple. He let things go down to the wire instead of getting both sides together more often sooner. It wasn't until the final few weeks that real serious negotiations began even though he knew the situation was serious long ago. Plus he let too many people on both sides be involved with the negotiations. Dumb move. Good luck getting 100 people to agree. Should have been three people for each side and Goodall negotiating, that is how you get things done, not with a mob scene. Goodall knows how to punish players, he doesn't know how to bring owners and players together.

Aloco,

My friend you champion so many causes on here I think you missed your calling , should go work for U.N. were your passion for humanitarian causes can be put to use.

I Wonder what some players will be doing in sept. if this thing doesnt get resolved????, Hummmmmm, I feel funny posts upcoming....

And What will some Posters be doing too????, HUMMMMMMMMMMMMM..

Sean, not only am I Irish but St. Patrick's Day is also my birthday. That said, I found your comments to be really offensive.

If St. Paddy's day is "ours" then maybe you should stop celebrating Christmas and leave it to the Italians, since Christmas is almost entirely an evolution of the old Roman holiday Saturnalia. In fact, to be thoroughly Irish about it we should substitute a Pagan ceremony.

And you actually take off from work for St. Paddy's?? Wow, your boss must LOVE that. Never heard of anyone skipping work because of Cinco de Mayo or Kwanzaa...but I guess different people have different ethics in that regard.

Erin Go Bragh.

I BELIEVE FIN4LIFE IS A PARENT FOR 4 GRADER KIDS , IF HE DOESN'T SHOW THEM THE WAY TO PRSUE LIFE FROM EARLY AGE ,WHO WOULD ?


IT'S HIS JOB TO DO IT RIGHT AND FULL TIME ALSO UNTIL THEY R 18 YEARS OLD .

ALOCO:

GARBAGE MEN AND WOMEN MAKE PRETTY GOOD MONEY.

I WAS DRIVING A GARBAGE TRUCK IN NEW YORK MAKING 32 PER HOUR THE GUYS IN THE BACK WERE MAKING 20

JUSTIN,


YOU R A TRUCK DRIVER NOT A GARBAGE MAN ,NOT EVERY ONE CAN DRIVE THAT THING ,BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN HANDLE THE TRASH CAN .THAT'S WHY YOU WERE MAKING 32 .

dan,


you can't compare christmas to ST.P DAY ...ONE IS SO IMPORTANT AND THE OTHER IS JUST A DAY OFF FOR THE IRISH .

TIME TO GO TO WORK ......LATER

0x80,

What`s up bro, as usual good stuff you always seem to get my intellectually competetive side going, so answer me this during the 82 labor dispute what did P.Rozelle do ? how about Tagliabue in 87, cause it was the courts thru R.White`s lawsuit that forced the issue in 93 paving the way for FA, by the way Big Reggie had more of a personal agenda than anything else cause he wanted out of Philly remember then owner Norman Bramman wouldn`t give him the big contract or trade him back when the owners could do that, so he wasn`t some bleeding heart for the cause as he`s painted. It is what it is with these lock outs nobody on either side gives an inch until the 11th. hour in order to keep there cards close to the vest on both sides. What I gather he`s doing now is looking to accelerate the cracks in there armor by addressing alot of worried players who don`t make 4 to 10 mil a year.

Mando, I hear that Plexco(Dead aim)Burress was voted "Man of the year" By the NRA, Mando can you confirm this??

Menace,

NFL Network will be following Tom Brady around on there new prime time segment from G.Q. photo shoot to Vanity Fair, were he will hold a press confrence and announce to the world "I will cut my hair" It will be the biggest ratings grabber in years.

Posters, we will all be here discussing and breaking down 2012 NFL draft before the college season 0f 2011 is even played !!

I see Ted(No nuts required)Ginn being a spokesperson for Massengale female products...

Menace,

Carson Palmer is going to be the new weather man for WKRP in Cinn. his bad knees let him know when it`s gonna rain. Great gimmick by the way as viewers will be given hints as to up coming weather`s severity by Palmer going live holding a kane or in a wheelchair.

fin4, I must confess I am not up to date or simply don't remember too well the inside scoop of the previous disputes. One thing I do know however is there were far fewer people on each side negotiating. Imagine if your family of 50 and your wife's family of 50 jointly bought a beach house to share and now all of a sudden everyone wants it in July and August. If you have 100 family members trying to negotiate the days, it will get ugly, yet with three family members from each side something gets worked out.

I realize it takes real, hard pressure (lockouts, law suits) before one side acquiesces, or both do, but too many were stirring the pot in this dispute, I felt Goodall was out of control and mostly a bystander. I still think more could have been done sooner to really define where each side was drawing the line at least.

Joey(IQ of 31)Porter will be president Obama's poster child for education., Entilted "Stay in school,Dont be a fool"....it will feature a photo of J.Peezy will his IQ test that shows his IQ is before a brain dead person and after a 4 year olds mental developement...

In the new revamped cast of 2 and a half men, Aaron Rodgers will get one of the leads but as Allen (Charlie`s bro) Brett Favre will play Charlie and Maurice Jones Drew will play the half man.

0x80,

I can`t argue your last post my thoughts exactly with great analogy to boot, my point was seeing were it was going from today`s prespective moving foward.

Rex(Two ton)Ryan will be decleared "Exo-Planet) by NASA after it's observed because of his size,two small moons are gravationally circling him.....

Ricky Williams will be the new face of High Times Magazine in an exclusive will declare "I`m letting the dreads grow back in"

Terrell Owens will be the spokesperson for Paxil Bipolar / Manic depressive medication and will declare "I will save Sheen`s life"

Micheal Irvin, Inspired by Sheen`s tiger blood comments, quits NFL net. gig and declares I to am a head and proud of it !!! Goes on personal pilgramige to join Sheen`s new internet show Sheen`s korner

Lil Aloco will be the new spokesman for "Gorrila Glue"...........The new motto will be" It's not just for glueing things anymore"..

Jason Taylor will become a spokesperson for Rogaine hair growth for men he`s later fired after product sales in S.Fla plummet dropping the once Corp. giant in chapt.11

Peyton Manning tells all players he lends money to not to pay him back, just pay it foward !!!

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.


Mike Tyson joins J.Peazy`s stay in school don`t be a fool program, Porter later seen sporting a face tatoo say he got it to show "da luv and unity"

What part of lockout don't you get Mando? What if they get hurt during these informal workouts? The NFL won't cover that.

Here is agreat article on the point I was trying to make regarding Goodell`s reasons for sending out that text message to all of the league`s active players.

Strahan: Owners have leverage, some players are panicking
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 18, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT
As a former member of the players’ union, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan doesn’t think NFL players are in good enough financial shape to withstand a long lockout. And he thinks some of those players are already worried with the lockout just a week old.

“You’re panicking if you’re a guy who is living paycheck to paycheck,” Strahan told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You have to remember, every guy [in the NFL] doesn’t make millions. Then you have to remember, some of those guys making millions still live paycheck to paycheck. If you’re an owner, you have leverage. That’s where players can get weak, when they start missing checks. That’s when it’s going to get scary for a lot of people. Trust me.”

It’s no surprise that the management side liked those comments so much that they were featured at NFLLabor.com. But I think all of us can like some of Strahan’s other comments.

“It’s a lot of money, but there’s a middle ground. Find it. Why wait until the last minute?” Strahan said. “They both have to give. At some point, nobody is going to benefit from this, and I’d hate to see this game — which is more popular than it’s ever been — turn off a lot of people.”

Strahan is right: Eventually, this dispute is going to get resolved and we’re going to have professional football. The question is whether they’ll find the middle ground and resolve the dispute in the spring, or if they’re going to wait several months and make this really ugly. If it’s the latter, they should recognize that not all the fans who are turned off will come back.

work ethic with this team??? hmmmm i will believe it whe i see it

You'd think that the lockout would make them want to get together even more! They can work on the things that they want to work on, with feedback from their teammates, without the coaches screaming in their ears! The players should understand that the teams who bond together now and get on the same page will be the ones who have the best success once football does start up again. It just makes sense!

fin4 - way to go backing up your opinion with corroboration from real live players. I won't challenge you for the rest of the day now.

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.


0x80

It doesn`t help the players that there team NFLPA Rep`s don`t really seem to fully comprehend what there talking about themselves, sort of makes you wonder if there position won`t implode from within, take the following article for instance.

Chester Pitts has gotten, and is giving, bad information
Posted by Mike Florio on March 18, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

Getty ImagesWe weren’t surprised by the hostile reaction of Seahawks guard Chester Pitts to the letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell to all players. Though Goodell makes very good points and we fully support his call for continued talks (as should all fans), the players do not want to allow themselves to be divided and conquered, so they’ve stiffened their spines and dug in their heels, even if their short-term position ultimately hurts their long-term interests.

And their short-term position apparently includes a refusal to continue negotiations. We currently suspect that a small handful of people (maybe lawyers like Jeffrey Kessler, maybe one or more players) want to push the process through the April 6 hearing in Minnesota, under the assumption that the players will obtain an order lifting the lockout, and thus giving the players more leverage.

But if the players lose the hearing and the lockout continues, the players lose leverage. A lot of it. (And anyone who says that the players definitely will secure an order lifting the lockout is lying or stupid, or both.)

Seahawks guard Chester Pitts, a representative to the NFLPA*, apparently has been listening to whoever is trying to force the process to litigation. An entry posted by Pitts on his Twitter page this morning shows that someone is telling Pitts that negotiations can’t continue because the NFLPA* has decertified.

“He and the owners lie to the public every day,” Pitts said of Goodell. “That letter is the equivalent of spam! How is it all of sudden he now wants to negotiate when he knows that window has closed. A trade association can not collectively bargain! The courts must now decide.”

In another message, Pitts said, “The movement of the case determines the next step. But no the class can’t bargain. Those are the rules of the antitrust laws.”

Chester, you’re just flat wrong, on both counts.

Negotiations may continue. Period.

Specifically, the lawyers representing the class may continue the negotiations. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy recently suggested that the league would even consider signing paperwork that would allow the NFLPA* to be involved in exchange for a commitment that the NFL wouldn’t use it against the NFLPA* in court proceedings regarding whether the decertification is a sham, which of course it is — and Pitts knows it.

So how do we know that the lawyers can pick up where the non-asterisk NFLPA left off? Because NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith said so Thursday.

“We have lawyers and class counsel who are representing us,” Smith told Mike Francesa of WFAN. “There’s no reason why those lawyers and class counsel and lawyers for the league can’t get together and talk and negotiate.”

Our guess is that one of the folks who have decided to push the case to the April 6 hearing and to resist further negotiations fed Pitts a line of crap when he started asking why negotiations weren’t continuing.

If that’s the case, Pitts should be upset. And he should commence the process of finding out who lied to him, and why they did it.


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The players should hire some former coaches to run their workouts. They should covenant together to listen to these temporary trainers. That would be a good idea.

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