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Dolphins tell Thomas he must hit hole harder

The common thinking for anyone with eyes who has seen Daniel Thomas run this preseason is that while he may become a good player down the road, the rookie still has to adjust to the NFL game.

Thomas, you see, is a former quarterback. He made the transition to running back at Kansas State and now is making the transition to pro football. That's a lot of transitioning. So he has some learning to do.

He needs to be more physical.

He needs to run with more explosion.

He needs to get his shoulders squared, his pad level low and his legs churning.

In lay terms, he needs to bust up in there.

I told you this Sunday after watching Thomas be somewhat tentative on two and-goal runs from the 1 yard line versus Carolina. Despite denials from the Dolphins, their addition of Larry Johnson suggested that's how they felt.

And today, Thomas himself confirmed it.

"I would say that's about right," Thomas said "I've just got to lower my pads and trust my blocks and everything like that and I'm trying to get better here at practice and carry it into the next game."

Thomas is getting encouragement to make his adjustments and improvements from those around him. After his first down run failed Friday, quarterback Chad Henne told him in the huddle to hit the hole harder on second down.

And coach Tony Sparano apparently also suggested Thomas run a wee bit harder by getting on the player's case in practice.

"Yeah he was," Thomas said. "He was just telling me I need to get it in there and to stop tippy-toeing and everything like that. It was true though."

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Might as well bring Tiki Barber in to show Thomas how to run...not that it will do any good.

soiled that was pretty funny at 2:24


LARRY JOHNSON WAS BROUGHT IN TO TEACH THOMAS HOW TO HIT A HOLE HARDER!!!!!!!

Who's hole? Which hole? Is a ladies mouth also considered a hole?

EITHER WAY, HE HAS GOTTEN AT LEAST ONE OF THEM RIGHT!

give him a chance.

Posted by: Poizen | August 24, 2011 at 02:20 PM


ROTFLMAO-You Da Man!

No matter what any nitwit here says, including Armando, any rb with only 2yrs experience running for nearly 1,600yds in one season on the division 1 college level. Has absolutely phenominal upside to be great.

He's only been a rb 2yrs and has showed promise of greatness and still isnt fully polished yet. Give the kid a chance to get fully polished. When he does, we could be potentially be looking at a pro bowler, if not rb hof'er.

For you nitwits that like to take comments out of context. I havent guarranteed anything. Im only suggesting there's evidence of potential greatness from this dirt raw(only 2yrs of rb experience) rookie rb. As 1,600yds rushing on the major college level indicates after only 2 seasons as a rb.

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The BESS Is Yet To Come!


Dear Mr. Salguero

"Dolphins tell Thomas he must hit hole harder"

Sometime in the near future......after being arrested Larry went on to say I thought Coach Sparano said to hit the ho harder.

Soiled :)

Posted by: SoiledBottom | August 24, 2011 at 02:24 PM

You owe me a new T-shirt. I just spit and drooled coffee all over myself!

Soiled just inspired my new Miami Dolphin battle cry:

Hit That Ho! Hit that Ho!

LETS JUST CUT D-THOMAS NOW. THE PATS WILL PICK HIM AND THEN HE'LL RUN FOR 200YDS AGAINST SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THEN SOMEONE OF YOU DUMBASS B1TCHES HERE WILL STILL BE CARRYING ON IN YOUR SAME OLD DUMBASS B1TCHING WAYS! LOL....

if we gave henne 4 years to stop the boos, we can give thomas 4 years to see if he can hit the hole harder. i guess.

I am still seething over Greenberg and Golic picking Miami to win 3 or 4 games. Where do those dopes get off spewing that garbage?

Jets Suck,

Why do you even care what washed up journalists and washed up jocks have to say. Only thing that counts is what happens on the field of play.

Ever hear the old saying: "He who laughs first rarely ever laughs last"? It's gonna be real sweet for dolfans to laugh last! LOL...

Boomer Esiason: Tim Tebow can’t play, can’t throw

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 24, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT THE NFL TODAY

Move aside, Merril Hoge. You now have competition as Tim Tebow’s harshest critic.

Boomer Esiason, the former Bengals quarterback and current CBS analyst, says Tebow has no business being an NFL quarterback, and just because Tebow was successful at Florida, that’s no reason to think he’ll ever be any good with the Broncos.

“He can’t play. He can’t throw,” Esiason said, via Mike McCarthy of USA Today. “I’m not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he’s not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he’s God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn’t mean his game is going to translate to the NFL.”

Esiason says he can’t imagine why the old coaching staff wanted Tebow and doesn’t see what good it does for the current coaching staff to keep him around.

“What Josh McDaniel saw in him God only knows. Maybe God does know — because the rest of us don’t,” Esiason said.

All indications are that Tebow’s job is safe, even though he may not even be the third-best quarterback in camp. But there are a whole lot of people watching Tebow who think the Broncos would be better off without him.

IM JUST SOOOOO..... HAPPY MY DOLPHINS ARE'NT NEARLY AS SORRY AS SOME OF THE BACKWARDS THINKING PUNK B1TCHES POSTERS HERE. IF THEY WERE, WE WOULD 0-16 FOR THE NEXT DECADE!!! LOL....

There is no more objective view than the Las Vegas odds. They feed the computers with more data than anyone can imagine and build the odds on that. They are not always correct, but they sure are right often. Even the point spread on several SB's was right on target.

They have our over/under 7.5 for some reason. Let's see.

Freedog whatever yr smokin give me some!!! 11-5? Theres NO WAY!! We just got through playing the worst team in the NFL. On Sept 12 We will get a wake up call. Back to reality we will go. This team is going to have to show me they are better and its got to be more than Carolina with Jamarcus Newton!! Im hoping for 8-8 this year. but im thinking with all the injury proned players we have we will be lucky to get 3 or 4 wins.

ALL I KNOW IS ALOT OF YOU IGNORANT DUMBA55E5 DONT GET IT. WE DIDNT DRAFT MALLET AND ITS OVER WHO CARES THERE ARE ALOT BETTER QB COMING OUT NEXT YEAR TO CHOOSE FROM. IF YOU DONT LIKE THE ADDITION OF LARRY JOHNSON YOU ARE A BAFFOON. THE GUY IS A LOAD THAT WANTS TO PROVE HIMSELF IT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS AGO HE WAS COMING OFF A 1700 YARD SEASON, CMON GET WITH IT HE WILL BE A GREAT CHANGE OF PACE WHEN PAIRED WITH BUSH. OUR TEAM IS ON THE WAY UP. WE HAD TO REBUILD AND IT TAKES 3 OR 4 YEARS. WE PLAY IN THE TOUGHEST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL OF COURSE WE ARE GONNA LOOSE SOME. IF THIS TEAM PLAYED IN THE WEST DIVISION WE WOULD BE A SUPERBOWL PICK. JUST A BUNCH OF IDIOTS WITH NO FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE THAT KEEP HARPING ON THE SAME CRAP. GO AWAY

Dying Breed:

You are right on. Those 2 ESPN nitwits are clueless, not only about the Dolphins but about almost anything else they pontificate over. That network is lame all the way around. Miami will have a winning record but still may finish 3rd. Then again perhaps 1st or 2nd. New England does not look all that scary anymore and the Jets might be the most over rated team in the league.

jamesthefinfan

any chance you can type with bigger letters?

also sounds like you already know everything so why waste your time here?

There are just too many posters here that think just because our Dolphins have been a very good team for the last decade. It excuses thier severe "mental illness".

News Flash:

Even had the Dolphins been a good team over the last decade. You're still very ill. It's just all of our misfortune this very grave mental illness also causes an illusion you're a Dolphin fan. Please get help!

LETS TALK ABOUT SOME REAL DOLPHIN NEWS. LIKE HOW WE SHOULD BE WORKING UP A TRADE WITH THE GIANTS FOR ONE OF OUR CORNER BACKS. THEY NEED HELP. THEY ARE DOWN TO THEIR 4TH CB AS A STARTER. WE HAVE A STABLE WE SHOULD TRY TO TRADE ALLEN OR SAPP TO THE GIANTS FOR A DRAFT PICK. LETS TALK ABOUT SOMETHING FUN FOR A CHANGE

PEANUT,

GO TAKE A SUCKLE OFF YOUR MOMS TEETS YOU LITTLE PUNK. I YELLED TO MAKE A STATEMENT YOU DOUCHEBAG.

The same people willing to let Henne grow under the "8-year Development Plan" are the same people ready to give up on Thomas before he plays his first regular-season game. Hhhmmmm?

I agree that the great backs usually show something immediately, but what if Thomas is just good, not great? We'd still be getting more out of him than some other recent second rounders and 3rd rounders, not to mention the fact that good backs with size are not the easiest guys to find. Come to think of it, didn't it take Larry Johnson a couple years to find his way? And it wasn't just because he had Priest Holmes in front of him on the depth chart.

LOL at jamesthefinfan. That whole "teet" thing is delicious.

sam,

im with you this team has alot to prove. But i believe they are embracing the fact that we are picked by some to finish last in our division. with the new mentality of this team, which to me seems alot more aggressive, i think we are on the right track to success.

Jet Sucks,

Pats dont look that scary? I hugely beg to differ. "Right Now", they look clearly to be the best team in football. They're not just winning preseason games they are demolishing the other kids.

I'll consider it a great moral victory if we stayed within less than 10pts of them come game 1. Still, I like our very small chances to upset them game 1 too.

GO TAKE A SUCKLE OFF YOUR MOMS TEETS YOU LITTLE PUNK. I YELLED TO MAKE A STATEMENT YOU DOUCHEBAG.

Posted by: jamesthefinfan | August 24, 2011 at 02:54 PM

what a mature response, and you are here calling everyone idiots yet talking like a 6 year old with wet pants.

i'm sure you have earned the respect of your peers....at the local elementary school.

Peanut:

I think I saw you this morning floating in the bowl with me. Was that you?

I agree with dying breed. the jets look tough but im hoping the loss of edwards and smith hurts this team down the road. Without those two guys last year they dont beat us. I do think our defense is better than theirs outside of their secondary which is scary.

Hi everyone!

I'm the son of Rex Ryan's Bowel Movement. Nice to meet you all and forgive the smell!

peanut,

didnt i see you at the elementary school trying to check up under some skirts? i got some maturity right here in my pants for ya! you should recognize it, it has the distinct smell of your moms breathe all over it

Ingram? Really? Lets get a back that isn't all that fast, agile, or big, who's main selling point was that he ran behind an absolutely beastly offensive line. Ingram has the same knocks against him that Emmett Smith had. That doesn't make him Emmett Smith. We already have a guy about the same size, except with speed, and agility in Bush. This is just part of the anti Henne agenda. All the Mallett heads talking about how we should have grabbed Ingram with our first pick, and Mallett with our trade up second. Boy, would we be set then! Nobody worth a darn at C, leaving the Oline shaky at best, a slow guy who needs a great Oline to do well, an inaccurate passer who lets pressure get to him. Sounds like a team I want to watch.

Rex Ryan's Bowel Movement = jamesthefinfan

Dying Breed:

I agree that the Pats are destroying teams in the pre-season. Its what they usually do in these practice games while other teams are evaluating their unproven players. I agree they are good. Miami is good for at least one win against them every year. I don't believe they will run away with anything.

it's people like jamesthefinfan that make football fans look like those dumb immature stooges in those beer commercials.

he is a disgrace to the more mature and respectful bloggers here.

Freddie:

Get your own personality chit-for-brains. It wasn;t funny the first twenty times you posted it and it still isn't funny. BTW, Obama your boy still sucks.

Rex Ryan's Bowel Movement

I'd like to meet your parents, they should be very proud of you? Got room for one more next Thanksgiving? I'm curious to know what your parents names are.

We deperately needed a center, Mallet wouldnt be ready to lead this season anyway. Did no good to draft a rb 1st rd when the middle of your oline royally sucked. Pouncey was the absolutely best, if not totally popular 1st rd choice.

We didnt have a 2nd rd pick, still all of the best 2nd rd rb's are already done for the season. After the arguably 2nd rb's(already on IR) were taken. D_Thomas was head and shopulders the best big back available and would have been gone by the time we picked 3rd rd.

With only 2yrs of rb experience clearly D-Thomas is still a work in progress. But getting him at the bottom of the 2nd rd still makes a glorified 3rd rd pick. Also being still raw at the rb position this kid put up 1,600yds rushing last season.

Does he still need lost more polishing? Absolutely. But does 1,600yds rushing on the divison 1 level show he has great upside? Again, absolutely!

But a year or two from now seeing a glorified 3rd rd become pro bowl-like will also be an absolute joy to watch. Remember, until then Reggie Bush leads the charge while Larry Johnson becomes the rag that help polishes D-Thomas up!!!

I want to see Jamesthephinfan and Peanut square off in a cage match, mano a mano.

James:

You know who I am. I am you.

I feel a load coming...time for lunch...back soon.

What's funny is all these constant complainers, that's all they do. Don't take it personal Dolphans. When they go home they complain about work, when they are at work they complain about home. When they are on vacation they complain about having to go back to work next week, or how they were shorthanded something. When they are sleeping they dream about something not going "their" way. It's nothing personal to the dolphins and shouldn't be taken that way. These people (as well as all of us here)have no real knowledge about the NFL or any kind of professional sports and personel moves. They have think because they play madden on the weekends they know something. They just complain because that is all they really know how to do, day in and day out.

Go FINS

LOL at rex ryan bowel movement at 2:59. Still laughing.

that being said. for the record.

I believe in Henne and think he is a QB, and I have not given up on Thomas at all. Just so some people can call out who they want.

Still think Thomas runs a lot like Sammie Smith, SCARES me, fumbles on the goeal line jumping piles like sammie did to!!!! Ugh.

But he has shown some good things, not sure how anyone can call him a bust already... kinda dumb to do that.

I looked up the word jackasss in the dictionary.
It had a picture of odineye.

Peanut,

im a very respectful blogger, have never beefed with anyone on this site. You brought it on by opening up your c0k holster and directing it my way. Keep your negativity to yourself and you wont feel belittled.........constantly. GO DOLPHINS

Clearly Jeff Ireland saw D-Thomas as a 3rd rd rb to good to miss out on by the time we picked 3rd rd. Being clearly the best big 3rd rd rb available it wasnt a huge gamble to trade back into the absolute bottom 2nd rd to get him.

Point Blank: An absolute bottom 2nd rd'er has always and will always be considered a "golrified 3rd dr pick". A glorified 3rd pick who rushed for 1,600yd season is a steal in everyone's book except for the "The Idiot's Manual For Dummies"! LOL....

Webster-
That is so funny, the last time I heard something like that I laughed so hard I fell of my dinosaur. :/

Poizen:

Thanks for the props. Some of the geniuses in here get bent out of shape over my moniker which is simply my way of expressing my hatred for the stinkin Jets.

On a serious note, I love the Phins and I am pulling for Henne, but I have serious doubts that he will be anything other than mediocre, if that. His vision of the field is limited, his accuracy is erratic and he generally looks lost during the games. These are qualities that you either have or you don't. Good coaching does not fix this stuff.

That said, I hope he comes through or we are doomed.

With the schedule we have this year a 9 win season seems within our grasp. If things bounce our way unlike last year. If we get some bad breaks i see us as a 6 or 7 win team

I looked up the word "gay" in the dictionary.
There was a picture of odinseye.

Odinseye:

Any guesses as to who "Webster" is? He seems to be a big fan of yours. BTW, I looked up "Webster" in the dictionary and saw a picture of myself. Thought you might want to know. Out.

We are all very glad you are able to access the pop up dictionary for dummies.

I looked up the word dictionary with pictures online and it read; see encyclopedia.

over under on sean smith picks this year...........6

Peanut,

im a very respectful blogger, have never beefed with anyone on this site. You brought it on by opening up your c0k holster and directing it my way.

Posted by: jamesthefinfan | August 24, 2011 at 03:21 PM


You brought it on by calling everyone idiots which was unwarranted.

You claim to be a respectful blogger? What a joke. I did not use offensive language with you. Below is your response, not respectful in the least. Down right immature by anyone's standards:

PEANUT,

GO TAKE A SUCKLE OFF YOUR MOMS TEETS YOU LITTLE PUNK. I YELLED TO MAKE A STATEMENT YOU DOUCHEBAG.

Posted by: jamesthefinfan | August 24, 2011 at 02:54 PM

Rex, I promise you, and please (do not take my word for it).

Henne's issues that you mentioned are correctable. The one that is not is the deep ball 30 yards and longer. some people have the depth perception to air a ball out perfectly. I do not think Henne is terrible here, just not one of the better guys at this skill.

Some of the things you mentioned are due to a player being to regimented on a progression, and not able to use "what comes naturally".

Now I am not sure if "what comes naturally" is good from Henne, but last pre-seaseon game we did see Henne bail out of bad places and make plays, which I truly feel he did not have the freedom to do last year.

Here is to hoping I am right on this. If I am wrong, keep this post to hang me with it. But I truly feel Henne may have found some freedom in this new offense and system.

Go Phins.

James:

Smith's hands are not that good. 4 max.

Thomas has me worried. All the "things" he needs to work on are second nature to most good running backs. As a second round pick Thomas is looking like a big reach. Either you relish the contact or you don't and this worries me about Thomas. Comparisons to Ricky aren't really valid here as Ricky was not what I'd call an off-tackle runner and was not very comfortable with hard contact. In this league holes open and close rapidly...you better be trusting your line and you better be there when the hole opens. If he doesn't get this you will soon be hearing the "B" word on another dolphin pick.

Peanut,

You deserved it and yes i did say alot of the bloggers on this site are idiots.....cause they are. Same topics over and over and over. "i hate ireland" "why didnt we draft mallett" "chad henne sucks".....what about some love for our team....this is the start of a new season that almost wasnt. You decided to pick me out of the bunch and tried to be funny. Did it work out for ya little man......... i hope so

Bowl Movement,

He and the team said he worked on his hands all offseason. Im thinkn the switch over to the other side coupled with his extra work will pay off

Ricky is the epitome of an off-tackle runner...Ricky just happens to have speed to get outside or take it the distance if he gets to the second level of the defense. The vast majority of Ricky's runs were within the box from tackle to tackle.


"They feed the computers with more data than anyone can imagine and build the odds on that."

Your statement shows you do not truly understand odds. It is the betting public that sets the odds, it is not a true prediction of success or lack thereof. It is how the betting public sees the teams chances of success. With all the negative press nationally, it is not surprising the betting public thinks little of the Fins chances.


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