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Dolphins have to pick up pace to keep up with Pats

I've been dropping hints here and there that earlier this camp the pace of the Dolphins practice, particularly in their offensive drills, was not exactly fast.

It has improved. And last week coach Tony Sparano talked about how things have sped up and how one practice finished 10 minutes ahead of schedule. That's good ....

... but not good enough.

Now that the Dolphins have apparently picked up the practice pace, I implore them (yes, I know you coach types read this drivel) to go faster still. Like really, really, really fast.


Because speed is a wonderful weapon when found in the legs of a player. And t is also a mighty weapon when used by an entire offensive unit against an unprepared or slightly off-kilter defense. A quick pace puts the defense on its heels. A quick pace works against a defender's head as well as his body.

A fast-paced offense (run a play, get back in the huddle, jog out of the huddle, ID the mike, and GO!) dictates to the defense. The last few years, I've heard too many Dolphins coaches and players talk about "taking what the defense gives us."

Good offenses take what all they can. All of it. Even some stuff the defense doesn't really wish to surrender -- such as the pace of the game.

Take last night's Patriots versus Bucs preseason game in Tampa, won handily by New England 31-14. It was a classic case of an offense simply out-pacing the defense. New England's pace was so good, the Bucs couldn't get lined up.

"A lot of times we’d get the call but we couldn’t get lined up," Tampa Bay defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said. "They were moving the ball so fast. Now we have to learn to recognize formations to attack quicker. Tempo. That's why I love our head coach so much. He made things more difficult for us tonight on purpose. He did. That’s how you learn.

"(DE Adrian) Clayborn came to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, it was so fast!’ I said, ‘I know! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you!’ It was a reality check, we needed that.

"Man, I’m telling you man, they came out, they’d turn around huddle, snap, oh, 'There’s the Mike, Go!' I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?’ He didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’"


I want that for the Dolphins. The Dolphins should want that for the Dolphins.

I recognize the Dolphins are installing a new offense. I recognize they do not have Tom Brady at quarterback. I get all that.

But I also understand the Dolphins will be on the same field versus Tom Brady and the Patriots in the regular-season opener. And if they're going to keep up, they have to get an offense going that can, well, keep up.

So I'm simply saying that means putting the defense back on its heels. That's one way to seize the initiative. We shall see tonight against the Carolina Panthers if the Dolphins are closer to picking up the pace. One expects it should be better than last week against Atlanta when Miami didn't really look good enough versus the Falcons' starting D.

The Panthers should be another story. Better be another story.


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As much good as Parcells did for this team, he did as much bad. For one, his 70s big (and slow) grind it out, run and pass only when you have to model.

Now in the 4th year, Ireland said (now that his daddy's gone)he wanted more speed. Good but you still have Sparano who was choosen by Parcells because of the same mind set. Maybe Daboll will do some good, guess we'll see.

cocoajoe, that's all we can all do. Everyone here has what appear to be mostly valid opinions that weren't taken up by the team (drafting Mallett, signing or trading for a seam TE, resigning Ricky or Ronnie, trading for Orton, or signing another vet QB). The guys that got paid made the decisions, made most of us very mad, now all we can do is see who's right. Hope we're all wrong



That would be YOUR approach to the situation. I already have my opinion of Mallett. Let's see how it plays out. Unlike most of the guys on here, I won't go on about a guy ad naseum after he has an average to poor night, as guys love to do about Henne. It's funny though, not nearly as many 'why didn't we draft Mallett posts on here this morning as after his first game. I also haven't seen too many 'how could the FO pass on Dan Williams' posts or 'how could they pass on Vick' or 'why didn't they go after Vince Young'.


Yeah Mark, me too but I don't think so. To say that for every good decision made in the last 4 years, they've offset it by making a bad decision would be an exaggeration but not by much.

4 years is enough time to be a playoff caliber team IF the people in charge know what they're doing.

Mando, we don't even have Tom Brady's backup, which is sad and a whole other story.

We can't keep up with the quarterback we have, Matt Moore is our best bet.

I agree that the Dolphins should have the ability to run their offense at an Oregon-esque pace. But against a team like New England, a team (QB)that doesn't make a lot of mistakes, efficiency is vital, so if they hold the ball, burn up the clock AND put points on the board on each drive they *might* have a chance. But if they come out helter skelter and Henne throws some picks they'd be toast before halftime. Hopefully the coaches read the comments too.

I think Tavaris Jackson should be rated over Henne because Tavaris's strength is taking care of the football...Check out his stats.

Will someone explain to me how the offense got better this year?

A report from the National Post this morning says that the Pats will cut Ocho and/or Haynesworth before the season starts. Show of hands from all those guys that lauded these moves from the Pats and how Ireland never does anything special. Hands up nice and high so we can all see them fellas....

On the same note....how's Plaxico Burress working out fellas? Yeah I thought so....try a little hot sauce on your crow....it's easier to get down.

Posted by: Craig M | August 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

You mean the same Pats team that kills opponents in the preseason and gets whopped up on in the playoffs.

Come on Craig! What a load of bologna!

Just last week you tried to call out people w/Ochocinco & Haynesworth. Forget? All over an unfounded, specualtive article, that they'd be cut. You ran with it, even though NEITHER has been cut, and asked for a show of hands of who was wrong.

Show of hands Craig, who was that fool?

You denied it & spun it as you trying to be informative. What a crock of S**T! You got called out by NUMEROUS posters over it & now are back pedaling. YOU ALWAYS DO THIS!!!

PS My approach is not about right & wrong. Remember, YOU'RE the one who always says let's see who's right. For god sakes, YOU JUST DID IT! LOL

I don't hang my hat on 1 bad play or 1 bad game as you insinuate. Did you hear a PEEP from me about the preseason game? I don't critique Henne over practice or preseason like some do. I look at the totality of things, of PROVEN things, to form EDUCATED conclusions.

You run with unfounded, speculative articles, that align with your twisted view points & demanded a show of hands.

You can't argue facts CraigM, so spare me a reply!

I agree, Mando. We should try to be more like the Pats. We should also try to be like the Steelers of the 70's, the Niners of the 80's, the Cowboys of the 90s, oh and the 85 Bears.

Be more like the Pats, great idea!! ;)

A report from the National Post this morning says that the Pats will cut Ocho and/or Haynesworth before the season starts. Show of hands from all those guys that lauded these moves from the Pats and how Ireland never does anything special. Hands up nice and high so we can all see them fellas....

On the same note....how's Plaxico Burress working out fellas? Yeah I thought so....try a little hot sauce on your crow....it's easier to get down.

Posted by: Craig M | August 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Posted by: previous comment from Mr. 'I Told You So' | August 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM

BINGO! Good research!

Craig, you have ZERO credibility. Please find another blog you can impose your Know it All schtick on. Your game is played out!

The only way Miami can beat NE is if they get a strong running game going that will keep Brady and company OFF the field. Getting into a slugfest against the Patriots is a suicide. Having said that, the way our running game is going, not so sure we'll be able to do that.

The only way Miami hangs with the Pats is if the D puts Brady on his can, early and often. It makes him cranky and is the only thing that makes him lose focus. If Nolan tries to cover their guys with his guys and get coverage sacks, they will hang 40+ points on the fins, for sure.

While I'm at it, I can't stand that Welker is a Pat. I think Saban gave him to his buddy, Bill, as a lovely parting gift.


Joe, you're on fire this morning man...LOL!! As usual, you're kicking his butt...LOL!!!

Montreal, I agree.

But. Remember back in the mid 2000's, when we got pressure on Brady consistantly he turned into an average QB. I will give us a little more of a chance if Nolan can come up with some schemes to start hitting Brady early in the game.

If we can get the Brady that rushes and gets happy feet, it could be a fun game for the phins.

Poizen, agreed...Putting pressure on him would certainly help...But if our "D" is constantly on the field, they'll only be able to do so much...The longer our offense stays on the field, the better in my opinion...Let's face it, New England's best weapon is Brady. You always want to keep the best weapon off the field as much as possible....

Get a life Joe...

It'll be a cold day in Hell the moment I let you try and intimidate me on a blog. Stick with your negativity and your cronies....you p*ssy!!

#1 & Poizen,

We have 3 good DB's IF W. Allen is in the game.

NE has 5 good WR's & 2 great TE's.

If they spread us out & we can't get a pass rush, we are toast!

Craig, I'm not intimidating you. The truth hurts? you can't touch a thing I posted.

BTW, did you notice the rush of people running out to defend you? Oh wait!

PS...I told you to spare me a reply but you still can't comprehend what you read. If you want to continue to look like a fool just keep addressing me! I'm happy to oblige you!

Ideally we'd get good pressure from our "D" and a strong running game on offense. Get both of those things done and we have an excellent chance.

Game 1 against the Pats, ball control offense, if possible. We all know it's in Sparano's DNA anyway. Take more than the regular one or shots at chunk yardage, however.

On the defensive side, turn them loose on Brady. Whatever JT has left in his tank, let him burn 3/4 of it in this game.

Agreed Joe. Here's to hoping Nolan is truly the blitz wizard he has been promoted as.

Talk about a first good test for Daniel Thomas...

Daniel Thomas and I should of said Mike Pouncey as well...

Pouncey vs Wilfork...If he passes that test, we found ourselves a pretty good center for years to come...Won't be easy...Wilfork's a beast...

Crap, did you see him last night abuse the Tampa Line... My god, I have to admit it made me nervous. NE with a D is a scary thought.


This is exactly the heart of the problem of our offense. Yes, Henne is not a great or may be even a good QB but he is not the biggest problem in our offense. The biggest problem in our offense is our offense. In particular, our "offensive" mindset. "Take what the def. gives us." No, when you are on offense you drive, you don't sit in the passanger seat and let the def. drive the game. They need to get MUCH MORE aggressive in their not only play calling but how the offense runs period. Just go fast, get Henne going without thinking too much like a robot, just go... don't stand and wait until the def. adjusts to your formation. Also, do more of 3 step drops - I am tired of the 5 and mostly 7 step drop. JUST GO!

Just go Dolphins!

Please write more about this topic... Thank you

Montreal, talk about a good first test for our entire O-line.

Poizen, the key to me is to get pressure without blitzing! If we have to blitz to get consistent pressure, Brady will find the open guy.

Soliai has to drive the center back into him & Wake needs to come from the side to flush him towards Taylor or Misi.

If that happens, I think Miami has a shot to at least be in the game.

Joe, I can not agree with you more.

I think the reason i bring up blitzing is that was kind of Nolan's thing.

I look last year at our base set and rushing ability, beyond Cam Wake every now and again, we did not get that great pressure, especially against the pats.

So I am hoping the "D" genious, can be just that, so that 1st game does not feel like the beginning of the end.. :)

cocoajoe, agreed, 4 years is enough time to judge a front office. If the team falls flat you can judge them on being an incomplete team and being very incomplete in two areas - QB being the most important - and offensive line where tehy spent like drunnken sailors and numerous high draft picks. personally, I think it's enough reason for firing. To not have an answer or a potential answer at Qb after 4 years and drafting in the rop 15 three times (i Know they traded down once) is inexcusable and borders on neglect in this sport in this time. I would be willing to give them a pass if they invested in one heavily and failed but Henne was their only real attempt with a lower end 2nd round pick. Pat White was a gadget draft pick so let's not even try that one.

Brady has proven time and time again that blitzing is not the way to stop him...Good point Joe...Great QB's always find the open man...Brady is no exception...

Mark in Toronto, Cleo Lemon won a game for the Argos yesterday...LOL! Seriously, he has been playing better of late hasn't he?

The other key is to find myself a woman so I'm not doing the circle jerk with a bunch of guys on a blog all day, every day. A job would also help me. Maybe then I could stop day dreaming about what a super NFL GM I would be.

Most so called "experts" think Brady's biggest weakness is pressure right in his face. That's why I think Soliai has to show up big.

Also, #1 & Poizen, stop agreeing with me today! It doesn't feel normal!

Joe Schmoe, we don't agree on Henne, so that's a start...LOL!!

Awww look at my imposter LOLOLOL Talk about needing a woman?

How about getting one so that you don't have to impersonate another poster all day?

FYI Happily married with twin boys & very well employed.

Try again you fruit topping! LOLOLOL

#1, we actually probably do agree on him. I think my view on him is distorted quite a bit by some people here.

Great, imposters again, this is when the blog gets annoying. Wish it would stop.

Joe, much less stressful day when we do agree, sorry about the impersonating thing, as you know I am a victim often.

#1, please do not say henne again when Joe is around, that is when things go bad. :)

"Don't agree" is probably not the right choice of words...I think you still have a bit of hope and I don't...LOL!!

Happily married man who does young boys. Sorry for the typo Lol

Speaking of Henne, what do you do if you're Sparano and Ireland in a case where Henne struggles tonight against Carolina's number ones? What if Moore has another good game? How long do you claim Henne is your starter? That's why I was asking Armando if he thought this would be an honest competition... Quite frankly, I'm not so sure it is...Tonight is a big game for Henne in my opinion...

Poizen, consider it flattery they feel it's worth their time to impersonate someone else. Like the jagaloon at 11:55 LOL

I mean, to switch names & double post....and they talk about having no life or needing a woman etc? LOLOLOL Hilarity at it's best!

#1, I do have hope. Deep down I think we all hope he does well. But, more importantly, realistic expectations is another. In that regard, I'm not expecting much to change.

#1, I asked that question yesterday. It's a LEGIT question that shoul dbe answered. If Henne struggles tonight, can Sparno/Ireland justify not giving Moore 1st team reps?

If they keep beating a dead horse with Henne struggling, it's obvious that they have made the choice to all go down together.

4) I was stunned at how mediocre Reggie Bush's stats were for his 5 years with the Saints. I don't know if running back is a position where you can be mediocre for a significant period of time, and then all of a sudden blossom into a star. I've seen that happen at quarterback and receiver, but not running back. Can anyone cite any examples of a running back having his first 1,000 yard season or his first sudden great leap in his rushing average at least 6 years
into his career?

Publicado por: Nathaniel Dodsworth | August 19, 2011 at 07:28 AM


That`s a good question sometimes it`s about the way a player might be used in a certain teams Offensive scheme. I can think of one player who made the switch from short yardage power back to featured runner who blossomed under a new scheme, PRIEST HOLMES who after leaving Baltimore as an after thought became a premier back for Dick Vermiel in K.C.

When the Saints drafted Bush Duece McAlister was still the featured back they used Reggie on ST`s and as a 3rd down back. Then when a knee injury to McAlister gave him his shot he was hurt eventually opening the door for Pierre Thomas turning Bush primeraly into a role player on 3rd down and on ST`s. I am not saying he becomes another Priest Holmes but will say he will see more touches in the pass game and toss sweeps, instead of being a 3rd down, check down option like he was for the Saints, barring injury he will put up better # in Miami.

I`m just not sure we couldn`t have gotten the same things from a more cap friendly and durable Darren Sproles. I for one like I suspect alot of fans will hold my breath every time Bush takes an inside hand off which is were the bulk of his injuries have happened.

In my opinion when you look at the contract Sproles signed (3 Mil base per season) you start to wonder if they coudn`t have signed him and A.Bradshaw both while giving TE Kevin Boss the 4 Million a Season he got, terminating Fasano`s 12 Mil/3 year deal making the Boss signing a wash like the Burnett for Crowder deal was but it is what it is at this point so I hope Bush can stay healthy and if he does and they don`t run him into the line he should put up career # in our Offense which will make him a focal point for the 1st time really in his career.

Of course if I knew one thing about football, no one would impersonate me, but I don't.

Montreal. good question. If he is BAD, it I think they would have to look at Moore and give him 1st team reps.

YAWN, is that your best? Surely you can do better than that fake Schmoe.

Use that peebrain of yours & stretch the limits of your idiocy! We want to see greatness from you!

Fasano sucks ass. Im still trying to figure out why we didnt get another tight end. Fasoano a nd stringer at best.

not looking forward to this sept 12th game.

this may be the best Pats team yet.

Big Meech, he played in Dallas & grew up in Verona, NJ. He's a Parcells guy!

backwards thinking: hoping henne performs poorly so moore will become the starter. then where's the depth at the position. why not hope both perform very well so, if henne was injured, moore could step in without the offense missing a beat? jheeez!

Interesting comments about blitz Brady vs. cover. If you blitz and not hit Brady in the mouth, you'll lose. Hit him in the mouth not once but several times and he gets pissed and loses it. I've seen it happen before.

The thing is, you have to be playing NE pretty close and be able to put points on the board to take advantage of his 'temporary insanity'....LOL

#1, I asked that question yesterday. It's a LEGIT question that shoul dbe answered. If Henne struggles tonight, can Sparno/Ireland justify not giving Moore 1st team reps?

If they keep beating a dead horse with Henne struggling, it's obvious that they have made the choice to all go down together.

Joe Schmoe | August 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM


In all honesty Moore won`t give us any more legitimate a shot than Henne will this Season. If you bench Henne now and go a different route with Moore, you could end up wth a new Coaching staff next year talking about how Chad didn`t get a fair shot and maybe with better coaching, yada yada yada!! Really at this point let him play and if he falls appart then the organizaton can part ways once and for all.

I find it funny when people say that Moore didn`t have much to work with in his chance at Car. because he had DeAngelo and Jon Stewart behind him and healthy for his 1st. five starts and went 1-4 before loosing the gig to an overrated Clausen, also remember he had Ryan Khalil at Center with J.Gross at LT and a pretty solid LG which in fairness Henne didn`t have you add that to a good pass catching TE and Steve Smith and you can`t say he didn`t have a supporting cast. I know it sucks to think about another mediocre season but I would let Henne sink or swim to put all the controversy with him to rest once and for all.

Does anyone else get sick of looking at Fat Tuna face on countdown on ESPN. He's was talking about how great the Jets and Pats are and didnt even mention anything about the Dolphins. Even though we kknow the Fins are going to stink but still what a POS!

This young and comming newlyhired to the position of Manager Trainee made a $1000000 error in his second month on the job.
After the error was discovered he was promptly called into the head honcho's office.
On his way there, he started to say his goodbyes to the other employees.
Once in the office he was prepared for the worse and told the boss "I'm sorry, and i want to thank you for the opprtunity you gave me..."
The Boss interrupted him saying "It just cost me a Million dollars to teach you, I'm not about to fire you..."
Maybe, I will give the Dolphins the benefit of the doubt and see what all these new changes bring this season.

not looking forward to this sept 12th game.

this may be the best Pats team yet.

dolfanSF | August 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM

No way!! The 01-07 Pats had the best starting four LB`s to ever play the 3/4 scheme, better RB`s in there back to back titles of 03-04 and one of the best pass O`s in league history which broke on a terror run in 07. The only place there better is at TE because there OL was a stength in those early teams as well and is now somewhat old. We can better gauge were we are at in comparison next week when we play the Bucs in a game which will have a game plan.

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