« Dolphins implement financial austerity measures | Main | You're fans so you'll keep loving the Dolphins »

Dolphins among the Top 10? Not quite yet

ESPN is fond of lists. Very fond.

This offseason the monolith sports giant has published Top 10 lists for 10 NFL-related positions and jobs. The rankings ostensibly measure the best of the best at their jobs in everything from the running backs, to quarterbacks, to coaches to ownership.

The ownership ranking published Tuesday gives bigtime props to New England owner Robert Kraft, whose group is ranked second among the Top 10. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is ranked No. 10. In all, five AFC ownership groups are listed in the Top 10.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and his celebrity minions partners are not among the Top 10.

I'm not surprised. Last season was not Ross's finest -- especially at the moment he hung his coach Tony Sparano out to dry publicly by looking for a Michigan alumnus replacement without telling Sparano and then being suprised it was somehow news.

So there's that. There's also Tuesday's news that Ross cut salaries to all club employees across the board. ESPN didn't consider this in rating owners as seveal who imposed auterity measures well before Ross and the Dolphins are on the list, including Johnson.

All is not otherwise lost, however. Ross is learning. I think.

His last couple of months have been better than the first month he had in 2011. Unlike in 2010, he didn't place extra pressure on his coach and quarterback by proclaiming the Dolphins a Super Bowl contender or saying his quarterback could eventually be better than Dan Marino.

That is progress in learning the sport and its culture.

(Note to Ross: It is perfectly acceptable to predict a Super Bowl, and indeed encouraged by me, if your team is legitimately that well stocked. It is also absolutely fine to fire up the fan base by suggesting your quarterback might become Marino-caliber after that QB has a season in which he throws for 30 TDs and 4,000 yards. Just sayin'.)

In regard to the most important aspect of ownership, I believe Ross already gets it. He opens the wallet and gives Jeff Ireland or Bill Parcells or whomever is hunting for free agents, the necessary resources to land those free agents. Last year, he did exactly that with Karlos Dansby and Brandon Marshall. He gets a 10 out of 10 from me on that.

So maybe Ross isn't in the Top 10. Maybe he's not even in the Top 20 yet based on the still not-forgotten indiscretion of earlier this offseason. But it's not a hopeless situation.

And that brings me back to the ESPN power rankings list.

If you notice, the lists breaks down the Top 10 coaches, quarterbacks, cornerbacks, linebackers, safeties, tight ends, wide receivers, pass rushers, and running backs.

Not suprisingly, the Dolphins are not very well represented on these lists, with only two members of the organization making any of the lists.

Marshall made the Top 10 list for wide receivers. He came in at No. 10 so it's not like he dominated the list, but at least it suggests the Dolphins have a viable option for the quarterback to count on regardless of his issues off the field.

Sometimes being so close to the team, one lsees all the warts and forgets the beauty of a player. It's easy to lose sight of the opinion of those around the league of the team. That Marshall is on the list reminds me, at least, of his still-valuable and valued gifts. He is a cornerstone player if he can get his personal life right.

The QB list? The RB list? The CB, S, and TE list? No Dolphins are found there.

Cameron Wake matches Marshall in barely making the pass rusher list at No. 10. That's not a putdown. Being the No. 10 pass rusher in the NFL is an honor. DeMarcus Ware is listed as the NFL's top pass rusher on that list, with Green Bay's Clay Matthews, Indy's Dwight Freeney, Minnesota's Jared Allen and K.C.'s Tamba Hali rounding out the top 5.

I wouldn't complain about Wake being No. 10. All the other players on the list have had at least two seasons as double-digit sack artists. Wake was very good in 2010 but the idea is to have some consistency to make a rise on the list.

So what do these power rankings mean when considered in unison?

Well, when the so-called experts don't have your teams quarterback in the Top 10, you have issues in a quarterback league. When your running backs are not among the league's Top 10, and the head coach has proclaimed you a running team, you have issues. When neither the coach nor the owner who considered replacing him are among the Top 10 as decided by peers, pundits, and other so-called experts, you have work to do with your franchise starting from the top down.

Is that true? Is that fair?

Probably.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2014e885a1a3b970d

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dolphins among the Top 10? Not quite yet:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Good thoughts Mando! Thx!

Ronnie Brown is very much capable of being a top 10 running back. He just needs to stay healthy, and go back to his power running style (not 2010's "go down at first contact" style). Ricky Williams' time is probably done. We have a lot of players that are capable of being on this list. That is a good thing. There are a lot of teams doing a hell of a lot worse than we are right now. I would also argue that Vontae Davis and Sean Smith are very close to making the top 10 list.

we have to remember we're a young team
and all our young players have showed they could have a very bright future ahead of them
on the other side I think this is the year henne turns the light bulb on and his gonna shine
and we're gonna be a playoff team
you heard it first from a 17 dolphin fan from los angeles

17 year old

Miami is #1 in b**ching fans and media that compain like little girls on every issue and knock the team at every turn.

I VOTE MANDO AS NEW PRESIDANT OF THE GANG OF DEFEET.

omar kelly just put up a stat for the henne people. in a 16 game NFL season henne managed to complete just 10 out of 40 attempts over 20 yds.!!!!!!! thats 10 for the whole season! thats 25% completion pct. another bleacher report article says sparano is guilty of gutless coaching and supports the premise with stats. since tony is all about quoting stats,he may agree. if there is football,its going to be another 7-9 or worse. this isnt dolphin football i grew up watching. this is playing scared and not playing to win.

Greg, My thoughts are the mighty airbreathers finishing at 3 and 13..........

the waste of humans is back ,the menace .

But then again that's why Lil Aloco calls me the "Founder" Of G.O.D(Gang of defeat)..

cuban, i've been a fan since larry cszonka came to talk to our school football team. i hate what has happened with the team;this isnt dolphin football. i agree with you about the upcoming season if we have one. the players are sick of the coaching also;a few spoke out. they are not put in a position to be successful.

Greg, Comes down to ownership, Since the Robbie family left..., EG Wayne(Be kind rewind)(Or I'll charge you 5 dollars)Huizanga, This guy was clueless but I thind Stevey(Hollywood)Ross might even be more clueless... Just saying..


HERE IS A BLEACHER REPORT ON 15 POTENTIAL FA MIAMI SHOULD TARGET, IT HAS ALOT OF GUYS REALLY OF THE RADAR AND A GOOD READ.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/695424-nfl-free-agency-2011-15-free-agents-the-miami-dolphins-must-target

Its not that us Dolphins fans B-itch all the time, but I mean come on, its been how long since we have been relevent? 12-15 years? We were used to being in the playoffs during the 80s & early 90s, We want to win, Im tired of the patriots, jets, and steelers in the playoffs every year! Mr. Ross, Mr. Ireland, and Coach sparano, figure it out, and lets win a fu[king playoff game or a SuperBowl. Get it right! Pass, Pass, Pass, Be the Best You Can Be!!!

I agree with Gregz about the team looking like it played way to scared under Sparano, I also hated his lack of ability or down right refusal to overule Henning and maybe even tinker with new plays, if I were compiling the list Tony would come in the last 3 to 5 positions on any list regarding coaches. I wouldn`t have him dead last because there are alot of guys making there 1st career starts as HC when the soap opera finally come to an end.

How about a list for coaches and GMs who will be unemployed in 2012?

Fisty well be one of the unemployed......

The Bleacherreport is interesting. Some guys on that list I have not heard of.

Of all those guys I like the potential FA signing of Davin Joseph, OG Tampa.

Shore up that O-line. Incognito to C Pouncey and Joseph at G.

Perhaps the line could become the strength it was advertized to be. Trying to be dominant up front there would fit Sparano and the run 1st style.

However, the run 1st style will not work if the overall offense is anywhere near as predictable as it has been.

BTW, Sparano is a bottom 5 coach. This team is going nowhere as long as Mr FG is the HC.

DeAngelo Williams, RB

Oh and to comment on the last blog.

The Dolphins organization downsizing their employees is bushleague, cheap and overall displays poor integrity.

Why? because it is an owner lead lockout. The employees have nothing to do with it.

Goats are funny

Oregon,

I put up that bleacher report cause I thought it was interesting as well, plus was trying to change the mood because these last two posts by Mando while true are depressing as hell !! I also like D.Joseph the best here and think with him on board the O-Line would be set for the next 5 years. I also thought some of the LB prospects they brought up were interesting low risk types although if you sign Joseph you can forget about the RB`s here even though people forget D.Williams has only completed one season without injury in 5 and that has to be a concern before giving him the 5 plus Mil he would command.

I too would perfer to see Joseph over Williams.

The reality of FA is the team is probably going to be able to sign one pricy player.

The rest are no names like the LB's listed in the report. The NT's were interesting too.

I played football in HS only, but that was enough to understand the game is won and lost up front.

Great lineman can make mediocre skill position players look spectacular.

Eventually, I'd like to see the Dolphins D line look more like Baltimore.

Baltimore's DE's are the size of a typical NT.

I agree the O-line could very well be set for years after picking up a guy like Joseph.

Someone like Gerard Warren, NT to push Solia would be good too.

Though I believe V Young would add the most dynamic upgrade to the offense as a FA target, I's like to see Joseph signed 1st.

Whoever is at QB will be better behind a dominant line.

Oregon,

Agreed on all three posts forgot to mention the NT position good call like G.Warren here as well if the Pats let him walk and yeah, most deffinetly when you have the luxury of lining a guy like Ngata up at RDE it makes all the difference in the world but you need the OLB`s to pull that of as well. I also played HS ball in the mid to late 80`s. I went to see my nephew play last year and was amazed at just how much even HS ball has evolved watching the Offenses you see these kids running.

Oregon,

I was over at NFL.Net reading the tweets put up by R.Mendenhall and R.Bush and found the ones by Bush to be the typical stuff you might see out of a self entitled spoiled sports star but Mendenhall`s, WOW !!!! blasting the U.S. and calling us all hypochrites for being happy about killing Bin Laden while also tweeting that he doesn`t believe you could have brought down the WTC with airplanes, once again WOW!!! NO wonder the Steelers put out a statement distancing themseleves from him.

They also have this report on Tom Brady being voted one of the 3 most influential sports figures in the World, why ? Cause he put his name on a Lawsuit or maybe it`s more about his wife, whatever in today`s reality TV superstardome were any idiot they put a camera in front of all of a sudden becomes some news worthy figure only proves that we need to get a grip as a society cause it`s really nothing more than Thunderdome for peanut brains.

the trifecta is like the wizard of oz characters. parcells(tin man) needed a heart. ireland(scarecrow) needs a brain and sparano(the cowardly lion)needs courage. he is soooooo afraid to lose that he wont play to win.

greg z LOL funny analogy !!!!

the comments about TS coaching scared last year are true. He had a plan that was failing and did not innovate.

Why they come up with the rest of the lists is beyond me? They pick players that are supported by other players. What kind of player woutd they be if they played in Buffalo or St Louis or even Miami. A lot of the chosen top tens had a lot of support from other really good player.

Like Wake had with Danby and Danby with Wake.

0 0
'
----

0 0
+
)_____(

0 0
>
!___!

Greg,

So according to your stats, Henne was allowed to attempt 40 passes over the season.

I say ALLOWED because whether people believe it or not, Henne was kept on a VERY SHORT Leash his first two seasons.

Anyway, according to the stat 40 attempts over a 16 game season equals 2.5 attempts a game.

This is just unbelievable and unacceptable. Brady and Manning couldn't back off the safeties or get the backers out of the box with this kind of game planning.

Going back to my ramblings yesterday, add in our 55/45 run/pass percentage. Then take into account being yanked all the time for the wildcat only to be constantly placed in third and longs!

How can ANYONE even play under these circumstances, let alone DEVELOP?

That's why I'm giving Henne and Daboll a clean slate. I'm not going to accept any more excuses for Henne, because I believe he'll be put in a far superior position to succeed.

What Dan Hennings does to young QB's is un-fuking-fathomable! It would take a guy with Marino-like talents to succeed in Hennings sorry excuse of an archaic offensive style!

So, I'm wiping Henne and Dabolls slate clean. I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I'm not accepting or making ANYMORE excuses for Henne. But it's official, he'll be my Phins QB this year, so I'll be rooting for him as well as defending him against short sighted fans that try to drag him down for his performance under Hennings alzheimer's inspired retardation!

Only 2.5 attempts a game of 20 yards or MORE????

For a young QB that you're SUPPOSEDLY trying to DEVELOP????

Excuse me while I go PUKE!

0 0

"""""""

^^^^^^

I'm working on a shocked face!

SOme of these post are shocking....and this will be a much shorter way to let others know how shocked I am.....

what about Jake Long? he should be 1st in all o-lineman!!!!

Leave MY Henne alone.....

His puppy died when he was 8 years old......and his parents coudn't afford to get him another one.....

It was very traumatic for Hen Hen (thats what his parents called him).....Hen Hen never fully recovered......


Dear Mr. Kris

"I'm working on a shocked face!"

Just post a picture of one of the Dolphin employee's that had there salary reduced.

Shocking...I know

Soiled :)

Cuban Menace,

I've noticed quite a few posters here questioning your loyalties. Since the draft I have seen people accusing you of being a jet or patsy troll fan.

I have noticed someone call you a waste of humanity.

I've also noticed you were called, NOT ONLY a member of the Gang Of Defeet, but an ENFORCER for said Gang!

Some even claim that you have never said one single positive thing about our beloved Miami Dolphins. Cuban, I myself, simply do NOT want to believe these things!

So for now on, I'm placing a prerequisite on your blogging day. From now on, I want to see AT LEAST your first blog of the day pertaining to something positive about our Phins. This is NOT a lot to ask, and i don't care what it is. Just make your first blog of everyday a positive Dolphin post.

I'll even throw in an example to show you how easy it can be. Let me see now........(thinking)...........(thinking).........(thinking)...

OK, I've got it!

Example:

Hey guys, whats up?

Did you guys notice what a SUPERB bikini waxing jobs our Cheerleaders do?

Camel Toes ROCK!!!!

See how easy that was................?

Soiled Bottoms.....I can imagine......If ARmando (Miami Herald) would spring for a picture upload feature....maybe I could google and post.....

A dolphins officIal has said today THAT KEVIN KOLB DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE TRADED BY GIVING UP OUR FIST PICK AS PHI WANTS .............. KOLB HAD 11 TD AND 14 INTERCEPTIONS IN SEVEN STARTS ....BUT HE WAS THE PLAYER OF THE WEEK TWICE DURING THESE 7 STARTS //////////////

I HOPE THAT OFFICIAL GET A CUT OF 20% .

KRIS... THAT WAS A CHEAP SHOT AT HENNE .......YOU CAN DO BETTER .

Kris,

Stick to the shocked faces.

Your attempt at witty sarcasm leaves a lot to be desired.

Who CARES what his Mom and Dad called HIM...........CHRISTOPHER!!!!

odin, sounds like we agree in principal. my point is that coaches are supposed to put players in a position to succeed;that isnt happening with sparano! or henning or david lee etc. we had a 150 million dollar oline who couldnt move(carey) or block let alone get to the 2nd level. we dont know how to run the wildcat;its stagnant. the jets run it more effectively with brad smith. they had henne scared to death. and with max protect he had no one to throw it to. sparano is an oline coach from what he says. but he has no playmaking expertise/abilities. we never played to win;he lacks a set of balls. lucky for him,mike nolan took care of the defense or we would have won 3 games. so i will give daboll a chance and i will root for the fins. but i will say these arent the fins of old;not even close. it doesnt matter how many FA we get;this team lacks "attitude"(toughness) and the players havent bought in. they quit the last 2 years. how can you let your opponent come to your house and kick your ass 7 out of 8 times?????????????????

Ok...Aloco...hows this.....

When Henne was 6 years old his parents took him to 6 Flags amusement park.....after riding off the "flying" merry-go-round "all by himself.....he got seperated from his parents as they had quickly snuck away to by chips and a drink......

Hen Hen cried for over 8 minutes before an adult passer-by rescued him and brought him to the local lost and found.....

Hen Hen's parents wandered in 2hrs later.......and showerd their wittle man with kisses and hugs.....promising to never NOT hold his hand again.....

it was a very traumatic experience....Hen Hen never fully recovered

guys, in a full nfl season henne had 10 completions of over 20 yards. maybe its hennings fault,maybe sparano's,maybe henne's? but its still hard to believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KRIS,

TELL US MORE,PLEASE .

Odin.....the sad part is.....these are actual/factual stories relayed to me thu a source who refuses to be named......

not attempts at humor from me......

I am a facts guy....not a humor guy.....

^^^^^^^^^^^

Not intended to be a factual statement.......

just like the republican senator from AZ.......

Kris,

Thumbs UP to you.

Cheers,

WHEN IT GETS PERSONAL WITH HENNE ,IT SPEAKS VOLUME OF WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WE DO HAVE ON THE BLOG HERE.....

Night Rider....thanks.....and back at cha'......

Aloco.....

Your opinion means ZERO to me.....wether it be positive to my post of negative.....

Kris,

His parents should have protected him better.

If they would have offered him the proper support, and brought in a good big brother and a solid little sister, I'm sure Little Hen He......I MEAN CHAD, would have faired much better.

What do you expect? It was his first trip to Six Flags! He had NO sno-cones, No cotton candy, he WAS A ROOKIE for christs sakes!

His parents just put him in a really bad, BAD SITUATION!

Sheesh!

Aloco.....thats your cue to invent many poster names.....hint....hint....

LOL @ ODIN

KRIS,

YOU STILL ON THAT FANCY OF YOURS OF FAKING NAMES .......

KRIS, I DON'T WANT FIGHT W/YOU.... I JUST VOICED MY OPINION AND THAT'S ALL.


CHEERS

Dam you Odin.....

you take my stuff.....make it three dimensional.....with a better background story.....

you and Mr. Bottoms clearly have a talent......

THE STORY COMING FROM ODIN IS MUCH BETTER WITH THE HUMOR ,BETTER THAN THE NASTY SPIRIT OF CHRIS .

1 2 3 »

The comments to this entry are closed.