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Dolphins: Thank you (the fans) for not jumping ship

The NFL has officially restored labor peace by all intents and purposes. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith just held a joint press conference to announce a new labor agreement. And Patriots owner Rober Kraft, in what is a classy move, apologized to fans for what has been an offseason of bickering and negotiating instead of free agency and trades.

The Dolphins have gotten into the picture.

"The Dolphins would like to take a moment to send a sincere THANK YOU to all of our fans for hanging with us during this very difficult time," the club tweeted moments ago.

"Another thank you to our wonderful season ticket members; we can't wait to see you all at Sun Life Stadium! Now...BACK TO FOOTBALL!"

Nice gesture. But it's only words by a team tentatively scheduled to open training camp Thursday.

Deeds speak louder.

So here are some tangible ways the Dolphins can thank folks like you for continuing to follow your team and, as is the case with some of you, continue to attend games at home and on the road while rooting on the aqua and orange.

1. Show the fans you mean it: Don't just dabble in the coming free agency and trade period and try to argue with  uathat this team is close and needs only minor tweaks. You go 7-9 in back to back years and finish third in a four-team division both times, the only thing you're close to is the division cellar. The coming few days must, must, must improve this team signficantly because the gap between Miami's 7-9 and New England's 14-2 is wide. The gap between Miami missing the playoffs the last two years and the Jets making the AFC title game over the same span is huge. Time to close the gap.

2. Get a legit QB. At the very least find someone who can legitimately challenge Chad Henne for the starting job. We will know if your QB acquisition is real or a fraud. And we will know if the competition that follows is equally legitimate or not. If you don't offer up a legit competition, you are not showing us you intend to be a legit playoff contender. The quarterback position is the most important one on the field. Treat it that way, please.

3. Make the home field the ... home field. Last year Miammi had a 1-7 record at home. Then, last week we find out the team doesn't really take its home field advantage seriously even from the business side because they were selling "Home of the Jets" T-shirs at the team store. I was promised those Ts would be permanently off the shelves last Wednesday. Wrong. They were on the racks this weekend. The "Home of the Jets" shirts, which one Dolphins staffer called "offensive," were indeed still on the racks over the weekend. Want to thank the fans? Don't lie to them.

4. Speaking of merchandise at the team store: The Dolphins reduced the price of their Jets shirts by 50 percent to clear them out. This obviously was meant to cause a run of New Yorkers on the shirts. Nice move to serve the New Yorkers. How about they reduce the price of Dolphins gear to serve Miamians? To serve Dolphins fans?

5. Much offseason talk has centered around running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Both are free agents. The truth is both are OK. Neither is a star anymore. Williams is aging. Brown seemed slowed last year following several years of recovering from foot and knee surgeries. Maybe it is time to go in a different direction. One cannot expect to significantly upgrade to the running game by using the same running backs behind an offensive line that is seemingly unchanged with maybe only Mike Pouncey as the difference. You gotta do something different to get different results.

6. Get Cameron Wake some help. Speaks for itself. He can't do it all by himself.

7. Speaking of getting Wake help, do not fall for the failed thinking that the defense doesn't need improving. Yes, the problem last year was primarily on offense. The draft was largely meant to address that. But a team is offense, defense and special teams. Improve the defense, too, if there is a worhty stud out there.

8. Make the special teams, well, special. Can we get a returner that does not merely makes the first tackler miss, heads up field and gets tackled after 7 yards by the second guy? One word to cure this: Speed. Add speed at the return position, please.

You guys got any more?

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Here's a #5 Armando -- provide a bonus to all of the low-level employees that were forced to take a pay-cut over the past three months. Given that no REAL football revenue had been lost yet -- that move was despicable.

Armando -- I see on PFT that the Dolphins have acted on my advice. I can only assume that you moved quickly to pull strings behind the scenes and make this happen.

Good job!

Mando,

Any info. on the fins undrafted FA's interest?

It has always worried me(and I will continue to worry) about the lack of a Home Field advantage for the Dolphins. Man, there are no Superteams anymore and 3 points can make you or break you. What to do about it I don't know, but they better think of something if they are to remain in South Florida.

Armando -- I do have to quibble however -- why do a full TWO of your team priorities have to deal with the teams merchandise shop?

That was a non-story when you 'broke' it -- and it is even less of a story today. The gift store angle is dead. It's over. Stop hiding behind the rack of Dolphins License plates. The stakeout is over. You are creeping out the teenagers at the cash register. You are relieved of duty.

Here's my counter theory -- sure the Dolphin's home-field advantage has -- perhaps -- been hurt by visiting team merchandise but, in my humble opinion, it has been hurt even more by the fact that the Dolphins have fielded some abyssmal teams over the past decade.

Just a thought.

ARMANDO, CONGRATULATIONS, YUOR NOW PASRT OFF THE GANG OF DEFEAT, THAT LAST POSTS PROVES IT, NOW CLAEN THE CT POOP IN YUOR TRAILER.

Koa Misi was in his rookie season and played great, rarely out of place, strong at the point of contact, always in motion.. He is the help for Wake, watch the Wake sacks, Misi is always in the frame getting close to the sack. Offensive line and coaching is here we need the help.

Oscar -- thank god you piped in -- I was wondering if I was going to start having a conversation with myself like ALoco/Cuban Menace do.

The problem with South Florida is that there is just too much competition for disposable time/income that it is hard for a sports team to capture a community's imagination.

I mean, Miami is a tropical paradise. Some of the best beaches and best weather in the world. Eye-candy aplenty for people of both sexes. A Red-hot club scene for those who love the night life -- and every winter a mangerie of circus side-show freaks known as the 'Miami Heat' performs for the locals.

If you live in Clevland or Buffalo -- you invest your entire life in your team because --it is only through that team that you can forget that you live in Clevland or Buffalo.

Miami will never engendeer that passion (nor will San Diego, Arizona, etc)

Misery, not comfort breeds fanatical fan-bases.

Cliff Notes version Armando's 8 priorities for the Dolphins

1) Do something (not sure what) in free agency.

2) Get a QB.

3) OH MY GOD FIX THE TEAM STORE!!!!!!

4) MY GOD -- PLEASE FIX THE TEAM STORE RIGHT AWAY...FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FIX THE TEAM STORE NOW!!!!

5) DO something about the running backs.

6) Help Cameron Wake on defense

7) Hel Cameron Wake on defense (long form version)

8) Do something on special teams.

GARY, ONLY CUBEN HAS CONVERSTION WITH FAKE ALOCO, I DONT GET IT,BUT TO EASH HIS OWN,DONT BUT ME IN THE SAME BREATH AS HIM,ITS DEMEANING.

Mando, Really,Do something about the store? Lmao, Come on man,Give it a rest dude, That was'nt even a story when it was a story.LMAOROTF.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOOTBAAAAAAAALLLLL!!!

Make agressive moves! There is good talent out there looking for a home...

Oh, and sign Ronnie Brown. :)

So who are the Dallas Cowboys cutting? Good bet they will all be in aqua soon!

WHY DO BLACK PEOPLE REFER TO OTHERS AS "DOG"?

We did(have that passion), during the 70's here in Miami, Mr. Stevens. Now, I don't know. Yes, it would be interesting to watch the Fans reaction if the Dolphins can become a consistent playoff contender(as before).

Hey, NFL owners, no need to thank me! I think all of you are filthy, sleazy, degenerate douchebags.

Just sayin'.

jamesthefinfan

good post last blog

aloco

armando in the g.o.d, nice one, he'll have to earn his way out

armando

u keep saying get a legit qb, how much r u willing to pay in pics??

get the best qb that doesn't cost our future

even manning might not be worth a first rounder with his neck and age

and if u don't believe henne can start and go 9-7, 10-6,11-5 next season, put it up there in black and white so we can call u for it end of season when your wrong

and yes with our schedule i do think 9-7 is progress and good enough for ts and ireland to keep their jobs, because 10-6 would be a very decent season

shoot

How about using spellcheck before posting? Still scouting the team store...really??

With the Marlins out of SunLife after this year, (Am I correct on this?) the Dolphins need to bring the lower seating closer to the field. At the Orange Bowl, it seemed that the fans were practically on top of the sidelines and this allowed for noise which often disrupted the visiting team (Ask Jaworski how much fun it was for him and the Eagles on a November Monday night in 1981). With a winning product on the field and this seating
adjustment, the Dolphins will be headed in the right direction!

Ricky is still a stud. Watch the Pats get him if we dont re-sign him and then him tear it up for another 1000+ season.

Home Field Advantage

Wasn't Ross whining and bitching and moaning about 1pm home games because it was just too hot and humid and sweaty and plain uncomfortable? C'mon man!

Reggie Bush baby...Brings tremendous speed to both the offense and special teams...That's my offensive pick...Aside from a QB of course...

#1....

You and I are on the same page when it comes to Bush...

WE BOTH LOVE US SOME BUSH.....

Well of course if the fins start winning the front-runners will start filling the stadium (see the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for examples).

New Orleans has a similar issue -- just not right now -- since their team is only a year removed from a Superbowl win.

The one thing that you can count on in South Florida is the heat -- yet oddly Stephen Ross petitioned the league to have fewer August/September 1 pm home starts in order to spare J-Lo/March Anthony/Jimmy Buffet/Rick Ross/T-Payne/Gloria Estefan/the Williams Sisters from sweating too much on the way to their box.

It was when I heard that that I first got the 'Dave Wannstedt just drafted Eddie Moore' feeling in the pit of my stomach for what the Ross era would promise.

who says I haven't jumped ship??

If not 100% sold John Jerry make a big splash for Guard Davin Joseph.

Here is the Scouts, Inc. bio for Joseph:

Joseph is a powerful drive blocker who has the upper-body strength to control and steer opponents and enough initial quickness and agility to get out on the pull or to climb to the second level. He is a decent knee bender who can keep his pad level down to leverage blocks and can roll his hips on contact to deliver a solid blow in small spaces. He has adequate lateral range in pass protection and can sink his hips and get his weight shifted and back to the inside to react to counter moves.

Joseph has alll of the goods. He can maul and he can pull. The oline will be set for years with his addition. There's not much heed to roll the dice on Jerry when you already know what you get with Davin Joseph. He's the absolute best guard available in fa.

Instead of the Dolphins saying "Thank You" to the fans why don't they just make the lower bowls for this season at a discount of 50 percent off!

kris,

IMO, as far as durability, (Michael) Bush is the best Bush rb available. Sure Reggie Bush can be explosive and exciting, but will he still be available health wise late in the season when we'll need him most?

That is my major concern with Reggie Bush. Michael Bush is more likely to be still toting the rock late season when he's needed most. Agree?

..I would like to comment on some threads from the last few pages of the last post.

Last year was the perfect storm for offensive ineptness. In this blender of misfortune you could add the OC, the QB, the personel, and the lack of execution.

Start with the OC. If your passing scheme is centered around 5 step drops. It becomes fairly easy for the opposition to recognize your tendancies. 90 percent of our pass plays were of this variety(a fact Armando wrote about last spring) Imagine the frustration among the skill players when the defense knows that you can only run so many plays out of that technique. It also puts a ton of pressure on the O-line as with the skill players. No element of suprise. Now if this was an issue where the coaches felt that this was the best chance for success because of the quarterback. Then Henne really had no buisness on the field. I'm not buying it. This is an example of not only hancuffing the QB, but the offense as a whole.

Another thing that was obvious. Was our inability to get big plays, or passes down the field. Weather it was inaccuracy, inability to sustain protections, or personel could all be cited. But defenses only had to worry about short to intermediate sections of the field. Never did the length or width of the playing field come into play for our offense. This again could be argued as to why. I think it was a combination of lack of speed, and Henne having poor touch on longer throws.

No matter what side of the fence you sit. The offense was boring, untimely, and predictable. A bad mix for success. Throw in some questionable situational playcalling, and lack of big play capablity...And you had last years Miami offense.

I have agreed on Michael Bush for a long time now. I had a wish list of Brown bush and Bush.

you can never have enough bush...

but then we drafted a running back... and that would blow up my idea.

so sad... still would be happy with more bush...ummm... ok i'll leave it at that.

I agree someone beside Cam Wake needs to step up and become a dominant pass rusher. However, in Nolan's pressure scheme defense it involves multiple blitzings to make it most effective.

The problem with this is when you're always playing in close low scoring games it severely limits your blitz opportunities. One mistake can lose a game. Therefore you become handcuffed in delivering extreme pressure.

If the offense becomes better at putting points on the board in 2011. I also expect the pressure Mike Nolan puts on opposing offenses to get more intense too. Still another dominant pass rusher would be very nice also.

I Agree, We need "BUSH".

NEW IT WASS ONLY A MATER OF TYME TILL THE DEGENERATE GANG OF DEFEAT WOULD TURN THIS POST INTO A POTTY MOUTH FOURME.

Poizen,

I like Reggie(Bush) but he's rarely healthy late in the season. Playoffs and playoff runs are when you need this calibre of player most. No matter how explosive and exciting a players is, his value to your team is nearly zero if he cant stay healthy. Especially late season.

This is why I favor Michael Bush over Reggie Bush.

2ND ALOCO'S QUESTION.

DB,FLIP FLOPPING AGAIN, DB,TAKE A STAND AND KEEP WETH IT.

QB, RB, pulling guard coming soon. Good riddance Lockout!

What`s up Fellas !!!!!

Ricky is still a stud. Watch the Pats get him if we dont re-sign him and then him tear it up for another 1000+ season.

Posted by: miadolphin | July 25, 2011 at 03:58 PM

mia - it's about the line not the runner.
Chris Johnson would have had trouble getting yards with the line we had last year.

Hey!!!!! I was not a gang of defeat member? What gives?

3 DAYS AGO DB SAYING THAT REGIE BUSH COULDNT PLAY, NOW THE FLIP-FLOPER SAYS GET BUSH,. I WISH DB WOULD GET SOME BUSH,MAYBE HE WOULDNT FLIP-FLOP SO MUSH.

.02 hit the nail on the head.

Our problem last year in my opinion was o-line struggles! BIG STRUGGLES. all players sufferred due to this.

I would rather go after Sproles. He's more versatile at rb. Bush is more of a receiver than RB. Sproles is definitely more durable and great PR&KR. Last but not least a whole lot less coin.

Incredible that Sporono was a line coach huh?

Finsfan72,

Would you be happy if we signed pulling guard/mauler Davon Joseph as our greatest splash in fa?

My take is that the guy is right down the street from us(Tampa) and ease of relocation should be a primary selling point, plus a fair amount of dollars. This would be a total boom for our 2011 oline to go with the addition of Pouncey.

With the addition of Davin Joseph we would have a top 3 nfl oline for years to come. It would look like this:

LT---- Jake Long
LG---- Richie Incognito
C----- Maurice Pouncey
RG---- Davin Joseph
RT---- Vernon Carey (Could be upgraded in 2012)

ALoco or fake ALoco,

I never said Reggie Bush cant play. Said the same as now, and its a known fact, Bush is injury prone.

You also have your pants at your ankles in the wrong "bush". Im advocating Michael Bush over Reggie Bush because of Reggie's chronic injury history.

Some Observations:

1) You're going to HATE me for saying this, but as a huge Miami Dolphins fan, I do not take offense that the Dolphins sell New York Jets merchandise. I am certain that there are alot of transplanted New Yorkers living in South Florida who would appreciate the convenience of being able to purchase a New York Jets shirt in person, rather than online. The Dolphins can make money off of that, so why not?

I hate to break it to you but ALL NFL merchandise is cool, regardless of the team. I'd wear a New York Jets shirt in a second, if that was all that I had, because it represents the National Football League - the greatest organization the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ever devised. Sure, when the Dolphins play the Jets, I want the Dolphins to bend them over and ravage them with the ease of the Germans entering France. But that doesn't change the fact that Jets shirts and ALL NFL shirts are great. Why, at this very moment, I am carrying an Arizona Cardinals key chain in my pocket! You know why? Cause it's the NFL!!!!

Okay, I'm prepared for the vituperative response.

2) I'm very upset that Cassi was voted off of Big Brother 13. I can admit, as a married man, that I kind of have a thing for her. Her Olivia Wilde looks and Southern accent are quite intoxicating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ox3NY8EEGI

3) I can name all 50 states, and the winners and losers of all 45 Super Bowls, but for the life of me I couldn't tell you what this NFL lockout was all about. I didn't pay attention to the issues at all and I really don't care. I just want football. The way I figure it, if I were an owner I'm sure I would have behaved exactly as the owners have, and if I were a player, I would have behaved exactly as they have behaved. I don't blame either side and don't hate either side. I just want my football back.

That should have been, "I can name the CAPITALS of all 50 states ..."

dodsworth

(apart from the wearing of jets shirts, which is legally a criminal offence, and can cause nasty dermatological reactions in wolves)

brilliant summary of my feelings on the lockout

only i could never express them that well

Dodsworth,

Totally free I was given a Jets sweat shirt, wind breaker jacket and ballcap. Didnt turn it down because it was Jet merchandise. Just as you stated its nfl merchandise and has value.

Actually Ive never worn it but it still holds space in my closet. Still I cant say that I wouldnt wear it if proper opportunity arises. You're right, we are fans not gang members where its the death penalty for wearing another gangs colors.

Dodsworth, did you fall and bump your head? A true Dolphin fan hates the air a jets (that's right, lower case) breathes. If it were up to me, their fans would be forced to sit in nose bleed.

oh and please can we sign charles johnson i think him misi and wake would be good for each other

MR.DODSWORTH, YOU LIKE TRAILER PARK WOMAN, ARE YOU PART OF THEE GANG OF DEFEAT?

NAME 50 WAYS TO BANG TRALER PARK WOMEN

CASSI IS STRIGHT FROM THE SAME TRAILER PERK AS CUBEN AND DB.

I`ll drop my cents on what I would do starting right now!!

1) Offer Paul Soliai a 5 year 30 Million deal which would cut his 12 Mil salary cap # in half, freeing up another 6 Mil to go along with roughly 14 Mil we have for FA giving us 20 Mil to play with, thus making us very significant in the coming market.

2) I know alot would love to see us sign DeAngelo Williams but the truth is in 5 NFL seasons he`s only finnished one injury free, last year alone he missed 11 games, also feel that way about Reggie Bush. So my advise to Ireland is not to go there, remember Grove & Smiley when thinking guys with injury history.

3) I would sign A.Bradshaw, sure he fumbled 7 times last season but he also had 3 runs of over 60 yards for TD`s and has an impressive avarege of almost 5 yards a carry for his carrier, if you watched him at all over the last 2 seasons you know he`s durable and one fast and tough S.O.B. you can count on. With Bradshaw 5.5 a year outta do it, if not go the poor mans route with Jarious Norwood from Atlanta a player flying under the radar who has been money for them on 3rd down and a S.T. ace as a returner. I would not give Darren Sproles close to 6 Mil a year don`t think he`s worth it.

4)I would take the rest of our FA money and make the following moves. I would move to sign Barret Rudd to take over for Crowder in the Middle and his contract could be a wash when you consider we could net him for around 5 Mil a season which is what we give Crowder while upgrading the position and dumping Crowder. In this sceneario we still have around 14 Mil to play with if you do the math and end up with an every down MLB to pair with Dansby.

5) Here is were I get tricky and hope Ireland can grow a pair and bear with me. I would sign V.Young to a 2 year incentive laden contract and see what happens, he is the best athlete available and at 25 I feel still has all the upside in the world, we pulled the trigger on a guy like Marshall and all his dramma why not Young. At the very least we get someone to throw Marshall the F`n ball!!!!

6) Throw the Bank at Zach Miller (T.E.) of the Raiders and bring in a slew of guys to compete outside opposite Wake, if you analize these moves there all within our budget especially if you replace Crowder`s contract with one for Rudd!!!!

IMHO!!!!!!!!!!!

FAKE ALOCO @ 4:57, CUBEN MUST HAS WOKEN UP FROM HIS DRINK FROM LAST NIGHT.

As you all know, I grew up in Canada, and I was a huge Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan. In relative terms, Hamilton Tigers-Cats fans hate the Toronto Argonauts more than Miami Dolphins fans hate the Jets. Yet, I currently have and wear TWO Toronto Argonauts t-shirts. You know why? Because the CFL is cool!

Actually, it isn't. As a grown man, I've come to appreciate that the Canadian version of football is slightly ridiculous. But the point's the same.

The real irony is that I am probably the ONLY Torontonian who grew up as a Hamilton Tiger-Cat football fan. For those of you dying to know why, in 1973, when I was 6, my father bought me a number 16 Chuck Ealey Hamiton Tiger-Cat shirt. In 1972, Ealey led the Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup. He was an outstanding black quarterback, who had to come up to Canada to play, despite a PERFECT high school record and a PERFECT college record at Toledo, because of the prejudice in the NFL at the time against black quarterbacks.

You are right Armando on all counts , the question is do theses guys have some balls or what, we will see it would be great to see a playoff run of some kind for a change

Guys, I take back signing Davin Joseph. Just left a Buccaneer website where Buc fans are absolutely blasting his "underachieving" play over the last few seasons.

There you have it, an admisson I was wrong@! LOL....

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