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The view from the pressbox on Fins-Panthers

It was by every definition a good outing for the Dolphins Friday night. The detractors might point to the Carolina Panthers being the NFL's worst team a year ago or scratching 16 players from this game, or starting a rookie quarterback.

I would point to a 20-10 victory in which the first team offense and defense looked good.

Great? No.

Good? Absolutely.

You cannot blame the Dolphins for the opponent's flaws.

"Yeah, this is just a chekpoint for us," Brandon Marshall said after making his preseason debut. "Every week you want to get better, we want to grow as an offense, we want to gel a little more as a team. We know our goal and we know where we want to be every week. We know where we want to be at the end of the season. It's important for us to not hang off the rafters when we win and not put our head in the dumpster when we lose. That pertains to every play, not just the game."

Fair perspective. It also brings up the fact that because coordinator Brian Daboll's offense is still so new to this group, you won't see their best work until "the end of the season," as Marshall said.

That means the Dolphins have to be good on offense early and rise to a higher level later on. It could happen.

The Dolphins showed improvement on several fronts:

The line blocking looked better than it did a week ago against Atlanta in that, hey, there were some holes this week when the first teamers were in the game! And Reggie Bush used them to his benefit.

Bush rushed eight times for 48 yards. He also caught two passes for 33 yards, a stellar 16.5 yard per catch average. As I wrote in my column for today's Miami Herald, Bush's Dolphins debut was not only successful but a thing that captured the imagination of fans starved for a playmaker. Please do a brother a favor and check out the column as that is how I feed my family and we ain't had no breakfast this morning yet.

One thing that did not make the final cut of the column that I will say here: Bush proved something last night. He proved all his work -- both during practice and afterward -- is paying off. He proved his got not only speed but defense-deflating toughness, which is a great combination.

What else does he have to prove?

I say the Dolphins should give him the rest of the preseason off. See you Sept. 12 against the Patriots.

Why?

I remind you Bush is Miami's most dynamic playmaker in that he doesn't rely on others as heavily to get his as does, say, Marshall. He has a history of getting hurt. The Dolphins are going to use him plenty during the season. Why waste a proven vet in preseason?

I also remind you that this preseason alone, running backs Ryan Williams, Mikel LeShoure, Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty have already suffered season-ending injuries. Why expose Bush to that in meaningless games? Why expose him to pulled groins, or tweaked ankles, or strained hamstrings in inconsequential games?

He gets plenty of carries in practice. He's involved in plenty of collisions in those. He then works overtime after practically every single practice. He's in great shape. He's not a rookie who has to adjust to the speed of the game. Lather him up, to use a Tony Sparano term, in practice where you can control the violence a bit. But in more preseason games?

Why risk him?

(Rant over).

The offensive line had a nice night last night except for the four penalties -- three of them on Lydon Murtha. Those can be drive killers and must be eliminated. Those are about discipline and being in the moment mentally. Not acceptable.

Chad Henne was good last night. That is the truth and that is what I will always try to give you. I'm not going to gush and tell you he was great because he wasn't. He was good. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 194 yards without a TD or INT.

The good: He got Brandon Marshall involved early and often. He kept plays alive both with his patience and shuffling in the pocket and with his feet, running downfield for a total of 20 yards. That part was outstanding. His accuracy was good on short to medium range passes. His shining moment, I thought, was on the play where protection broke down, the snap from center was high, he tipped it, caught it, he moved around, kept his eyes downfield, and found Anthony Fasano for a 38-yard completion. That kind of play from a quarterback can feel like a dagger to the heart of the defense. Excellent.

The not-good: He threw a first-quarter pass to Brian Hartline who had man coverage down the sideline that was inaccurate in that it was overthrown and out of bounds, but in so doing he missed an uncovered Brandon Marshall who lined up in the slot and was covered by NOBODY. If Henne had looked for Marshall, who was lined up inside of Hartline, that play would have gone for a 25-yard gain and possibly more. He missed a wide open Hartline in the second quarter on a post pattern around the goal line and threw instead to Daniel Thomas out of bounds on a pass that was almost intercepted. He missed Clyde Gates streaking wide open downfield for what might have been the play of the night -- a 63-yard bomb behind double coverage. (Great job by Gates blowing the top of the secondary on that one, but he can't throw the ball to himself, too.)

Nonetheless, Henne showed progress. That's important.

“I mean, obviously, we moved the ball pretty well down there, got some big plays in certain situations," Henne said. "I have to watch the film, there’s some mistakes out there we’ll correct them. It’s good to get a win at home and start a run that way and winning at home that’s pretty important to us right now.

"Definitely gives you confidence, especially at home. Previous years we haven’t won a lot of games at home and get off to a start path, we’re trying to build a tradition here where this is our home field and we want to take advantage and play well here and it’s a good step for that.”

It would be nice if Henne got some more help from his tight end. Fasano caught two passes but dropped another one right in his hands, same as he did last week. If Fasano is going to catch only 66 percent of the passes that hit him in the hands, that is not good. He's got to do some work on the jugs, something I've not seen him do.

Defensively, the Dolphins forced Carolina to punt seven times. That's good.

The Dolphins limited the Panthers to 25 percent conversion rate on third down. That's good.

Carolina only had 68 net rushing yards. That's great!

Miami's leading tacklers were inside linebackers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby, who each had four tackles. That suggests the Dolphins didn't allow runners to reach the secondary and force, say, Yeremiah Bell, Miami's leading tackler the past couple of years, to make the tackle. It also suggests the Dolphins didn't need to bring Bell down into the tackle box to help against the run. Bell had only one tackle.

Yes, safety Reshad Jones also had four tackles, but he played primarily with the second team. Burnett and Dansby were done for the night by that time.

“The defense, that’s understandable we had to have a better performance than we did last week," Dansby said. "We were in front of the home crowd so were just trying to build something here, win our home games and just hit on all cylinders. We did that tonight we had fun and we were flying around because people were saying we were playing uninspired football, we saw the quotes...we saw everybody was talking about so we tried to give you a show today.”

Oh, the corners were dominant. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith locked down Carolina's WRs. No, Steve Smith did not play. Not their fault. They did work against the Carolina receivers they faced. 

Overall, we saw a team get better. The Dolphins made progress from their first preseason game to their second. If they continue to get better every week, things are going to be good in 2011. I hope.

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que pasa,

You dumbass, didnt last night show how foolish you a-holes have been? Seems the football gods have favored me and gave reason to comeback early.

I havent even gloated against you dumbass Henne-haters either. Seems dumbassess will go to dumbass length's to prove thier dumbass points!!! LOL....

GETTING VERY DEPRESSING TO EVEN COME TO THIS BLOG ANYMORE. I PROMISE I WON'T BE BACK UNTIL THE REGULAR SEASON BEGINS AND SOMETHING HAPPENS TO SHOW HOW FOOLISH YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN.

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 18, 2011 at 08:03 PM

I see Pastor Paul and Deacon Jones are out for their favorite activity, fishing for young boys. They hate when Odinseye talks about drinking and heterosexual relations.

GETTING VERY DEPRESSING TO EVEN COME TO THIS BLOG ANYMORE. I PROMISE I WON'T BE BACK UNTIL THE REGULAR SEASON BEGINS AND SOMETHING HAPPENS TO SHOW HOW FOOLISH YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN.

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 18, 2011 at 08:03 PM

Been compiling a list of nicknames that I have acquired here:

o"duh"sneye

o"dunce"eye

odorseye

assshole

gay viking

geron"I blow"

aspiring Dolphins cheerleader

Have I forgotten any?

I enjoyed the halftime extravaganza when Ernest Borgnine slathered warm lard on his naked torso and had intercourse with a wombat. Most entertaining!

Egret = o"dunce"eye.

DD,

If our starting D can build on last night's performance we will be fine this year. Burnett was spectacular in TE coverage. We will desperately need that against the Pat's offense that now seems to feature thier TE's in thier passing attack. Burnett's proving to be a great upgrade over Crowder.

My only defensive concern right now is still the FS play. Gotta get big plays from that position in today's pass happy league.

Bush was great, Thomas was very good. If you read my previous post above, you'll see I've already come up with a pet name for our newest potential dynamic duo.

Im calling them the "BT EXPRESS"!!!!

Read the first post of this page and you'll know why. Also copy and paste the link in that post to hear the song.

http://www.4shared.com/file/103653603/63fe4045/BT_Express_-_Express.html

Poster at 2:11PM - you are exactly correct.
Very very insightful.

HEEEREEEEE COMES, THE EXPRESS, THE BT EXPRESS!!! CHOO-CHOO.......... LOL....

BUSH/THOMAS = "THE BT EXPRESS"!!!!!!!!

Im calling them the "BT EXPRESS"!!!!

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 20, 2011 at 02:25 PM


Lame band, lame name. Boo.

CHIEF BREAD WITH NEXT 10 HOUR POST DOING BUTT EXPRESS.
GET A JOB AND STOP LIVING WITH GOVERMUNT CHEESE

LAME,

HOW ABOUT CHOO-CHOOING YOUR LAMEASS BACK TO YOUR JET-PUKE GREEN PEA SOUP BLOG. LINDA BLAIR IS WAITING! LOL...

THIS WOULD BE WONDERFUL DAY TO HAVE THE WORLD END. THE WORLD ENDING WOULD BE A MORE WELCOMING EVENT THAN READING SOME OF THESE UNDERCOVER JETFAN POSTS! LOL.....

HOW ABOUT CHOO-CHOOING YOUR LAMEASS BACK TO YOUR JET-PUKE GREEN PEA SOUP BLOG. LINDA BLAIR IS WAITING! LOL...

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM

Linda Blair was hot! BTExpress? NOT!

BURNETT WAY BETTER THAN CHOWDER.

HENNE THREW FOR OVER 60 PERCENT.

OVER 10 YARDS A PASS.

YET SOME PEOPLE CAN STILL COMPLAIN.

The best part of what I saw last night was upfront with the OL, yes Murtha had 3 penalties but if Long is back by week 1 you can forget that and focus on the positives like on our 1st drive. In the innitial drive we got a penalty and had a 3rd and 19, the Panthers ran a stunt with LDE Norwood inside and Pouncey read it and picked it up permitting Henne to throw downfield for a 16 yard play. I know most would say or think well they didn`t convert the 1st down and to them I say the ability of Pouncey to read those stunts will go a LOOOOONG WAY!!! In the coming Season.

LAMEASS,

HOW ABOUT THE BT EXPRESS BAND MADE A HELLUVA LOT MORE MONEY THAN YOUR LAMEASS BAND. OH, IM SORRY, YOUR VERY UNTALENTED A*SS NEVER HAD A BAND.

LAMEASS, SEEMS YOUR ONLY TALENT IS JUST SIMPLY BEING A LAMEASS! LOL......

..Dying. My server is all jacked up. It shuts down when I click on that link...I'll try later.

DD,

Roger that!

HOW ABOUT THE BT EXPRESS BAND MADE A HELLUVA LOT MORE MONEY THAN YOUR LAMEASS BAND. OH, IM SORRY, YOUR VERY UNTALENTED A*SS NEVER HAD A BAND.

LAMEASS, SEEMS YOUR ONLY TALENT IS JUST SIMPLY BEING A LAMEASS! LOL......

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 20, 2011 at 02:40 PM

Well on that note, Channing Crowder made a lot more money that you. So whats your point?


p.s. I'm a far more accomplished musician than anyone in that lame band. Only junk teenie bopper music makes money.

Henne is STILL and will ALWAYS be a robot. He has no perception when he checks down and misses WIDE OPEN receivers like marshall. Henne did that last season and the season before. You know the old saying and I'm just saying that you cant change the color of the spots. Henne IS what he is and has mecanalically been doing for many years.

Look for the same old BS this season. Marshal or Hartline will be wide open and Henne flushed out of the pocket will blow that opportunity by either failing to see the open receiver or by throwing inaccurate passes to the receiver not reachable.

Henne SUCKS as well as Soprano and the entire staff including the owner.

COWHER and a Dolphin Superbowl visit 2017.

ARMANDO:

I GUESS YOU WERE WRONG AGAIN.

IT LOOKS LIKE BUSH MIGHT BE THAT FEATURE BACK.

AS I SAID WHEN WE FIRST GOT BUSH.

LINEBACKERS ARE GOING TO HAVE FUN WITH HIM CROSSING THAT MIDDLE.

IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT.

HIM 5 TO 7 YARDS

BRANDON 12 TO 15

HARTLINE AND GATES GOING DEEP.

OR REGGIE IN THE FLATS

DEVON 5 TO 7 YARDS

BRANDON AND HARTLINE GOING DEEP.

BUSH IS JUST WHAT THIS TEAM NEEDED.

LAMEASS,

I HAVE A PERSONAL 6 FIGURE NETWORTH i PROBABLY EARN YOUR YEARLY SALARY IN INTEREST ALONE. A LAMEASS LIKE YOU IS LUCKY TO BE EVEN WORTH A DAMN! LOL...

Getting nauseated by this and other Football "writers". Some against Henne are now in favor, some against Randy Shannon also in favor now. You do really go where the $ blows, don't you?

And you can take my word for it,

I am from NY and we know everything

G stands for my G-spot by the way

Armando also said this:

"He threw a first-quarter pass to Brian Hartline who had man coverage down the sideline that was inaccurate in that it was overthrown and out of bounds, but in so doing he missed an uncovered Brandon Marshall who lined up in the slot and was covered by NOBODY. If Henne had looked for Marshall, who was lined up inside of Hartline, that play would have gone for a 25-yard gain and possibly more. He missed a wide open Hartline in the second quarter on a post pattern around the goal line and threw instead to someone else out of bounds. He missed Clyde Gates streaking wide open downfield for what might have been the play of the night -- a 63-yard bomb behind double coverage. (Great job by Gates blowing the top of the secondary on that one, but he can't throw the ball to himself, too)."

Learn to come to conclusions based on what you've read: Henne SUCKED. Information shouldn't have to be spoonfed to you.

Seminole Sam | August 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM


Sam, once again you look to make chicken salad out of chicken C H I T ! We all know Henne isn`t elite and will miss those throws do to his flaw in going thru his progression but if he can be steady like last night our chances to have a competitive Season increase, thats all, nothing more nothing less out of Henne.

I for the life of me can`t believe that Ireland is so dumb that he doesnt get that an upgrade is needed at QB. I figure he will let the Henne experiment play out this year once and for all and draft the kid he believes in next years draft, were the class is better.

I had an all out war with you a few weeks ago about QB and still today believe letting Henne start this Season is better than trading our 2nd Rd. pick next year aong with either Langford or Starks for Orton, who won`t get us there either remember Sam you can put up all the stats you want but the one that matters is that in 62 starts Orton is 32-30 a .500 QB, NUFF SAID!!!

I HAVE A PERSONAL 6 FIGURE NETWORTH i PROBABLY EARN YOUR YEARLY SALARY IN INTEREST ALONE. A LAMEASS LIKE YOU IS LUCKY TO BE EVEN WORTH A DAMN! LOL...

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 20, 2011 at 02:48 PM


Such arrogance and ignorance combined. For one your point made no sense, secondly it wasn't about me, it was to say as Crowder has more than you, so does that make you trash too? You turned it around into something else.

I've had a six figure income for many years, and have invested wisely. I could retire yesterday. I am not remotely impressed with your six figures. You talk down to others as though they are all fast food workers. You'd be surprised. You are out of touch.

Four things struck me about that first half. Heard Burnett's name more in one half than Crowder's all last season. Henne can scramble. Really? Where's that been? Anyway, like it! Gates is fast and could be special. Nat Moore keeps saying Chad Henning.

DyingBeed (@ 2:36 PM)

Now THAT was a proper use of the phrase " LOL ".

Well Done !!


P.S.

Linda Blair is HOT!
.
.

And the worst thing is, that in most, the more $ they have the shi--iest they are.

You talk down to others as though they are all fast food workers. You'd be surprised. You are out of touch.

Posted by: lame | August 20, 2011 at 02:54 PM

HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD! THAT IS DB ALL THE WAY! CONGRATS


ARMANDO...

Someone is posting using my postit name. Since you know our email addresses, you can check on who posted the below under my name as you have my address.

To the imposter NY "G".. Not nice.

And you can take my word for it,

I am from NY and we know everything

G stands for my G-spot by the way

Posted by: NY "G" | August 20, 2011 at 02:52 PM

odin,

Too funny dude! Humor as a concept is simply lost on most here. It used to be all we had during the Dark Times. Now that there are actual reasons for hope, some people don't realize that its ok to feel better about your team when they play well.

Armando, please try to stay in this positive (for you) mode. Enough with the parade rain.

The defense has an opportunity to be something special this year. The same goes for the offense. I like our chances.

Get a Self that is worth SOMETHING!

fin4,

Haters like Semen-Sam dont realize that the Brady's, Rogers, and Mannings have played in the same offense years on end. This is the first year of a total new offensive install. It takes time to build continuity.

Idiots dont realize that of course Henne's not going to be as sharp throwing deep fresh off an offense that rarely went deep. In Friday night's game alone we may have went deep as much as in the entire 2010 season.

Of course an open reciever like Marshall could have been missed if the play was designed to target Gates from the get go. Idiots just dont consider it may have been more that it was a preseason ploy to develop deepball chemistry between Henne-Gates than Henne just didnt see the open Marshall.

The idiots also dont realize that in regular season play maybe Henne does hit the wide-open Marshall instead. Idiots just dont realize the play called by Daboll may have been intentionally targeted to go to Clyde Gates if he a had a couple steps on the defender no matter who else was open.

One thing we do know for sure is:

"IDIOTS WILL BE IDIOTS NO MATTER WHAT!" LOL...

Armando..You can't possibly want the Dolphins not to use Bush any more on the first team during the preseason. How else will Tony Sporano and the Dolphin brass make Henne look good and Matt Moore look bad to justify Chad as the starting quarterback?

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Well...they can always try Omega-3s.
.
.

I'd buy Carolina's stock for 2014 and beyond. Think they are going to win the Luck sweepstakes and have a real decision to make. They are going to be able to get a Ditka-like trade in the draft if they want one. Hell, I'd trade our entire 2012 draft for Luck right now no questions asked.

ESPN radio said Pryor may slip to the 5th or 6th round. I'd take him, but not as a QB. Can you imagine him bulking up and being a 6'5+ tight end with 4.35 speed? He could be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

IDIOTS, INCLUDING ARMANDO, DONT REALIZE HENNE THROWING TO CLYDE GATES INSTEAD OF THE OPEN MARSHALL WAS BY DESIGN TO WORK ON THAT PART OF THE OFFENSE. HELL, ARE YOU IDIOTS SAYING THAT GATES WASNT OPEN TOO?

IDIOT ALERT: THE PRESEASON IS DESIGNED TO WORK ON THINGS YOU WANT TO PERFECT DURING THE REGULAR SEASON!!! LOL...

ALoco-

You around buddy? I missed you during the game last night. I left around 11pm. Where are you Loco?

I'm still waiting to see Chad Henne do a quick snap and catch the D offsides. Is that a 4 year learning curve too?

IDIOTS ALERT,


DB BREED IS ON THE HENNE WAGON.....ALERT , DB BREED IS DUMB.

IN THE NFL, DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH TIME A QB HAS TO THROW. ANY WR, INCLUDING THE WORST CAN GET OPEN. SO DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH TIME THE QB GETS AND THE SKILL LEVEL OF HIS WR'S. THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE ANOTHER RECIEVER THAT WAS OPEN NO MATTER WHO HE THROWS IT TOO.

THERE'S ONLY ONE FOOTBALL IDOTS!!! LOL...

fins72,

I beg to differ, ALoco was in the live blog lastnight. He was just using various assumed aliases.

VINTAGE ALOCO!!!! LOL...

DB wants to suggest not throwing to Hartline behind the secondary was an intentional practice move to go for a shorter play for less yards to a covered player.

I get it. I think.

DB-

Not long ago Loco called me "the voice of reason". Then today I'm catching up on the blog posts and see several posts by Loco dissing me. WTF? I thought we were cool, but now I don't know? Talking sh^t behind my back is not cool.

REPOST:

ODIN... ARMANDO'S HATE FOR EVERY THING DOLPHINS IS VERY CLEAR AND HIS HATE FOR HENNE AND MARSHALL IS VERY ANNOYING .

WHERE'S ;;;;;

DB
KRIS
JOE SHOME
FIFANS72 ?????????????????????????????????????????


YJR GANG OF 4 ......

Posted by: ALoco | August 20, 2011 at 12:13 AM

What was Henne's QB rating? We asways get it when he has a bad game.

Your play in the real game models your play in practice. Henne had some misreads, not the end of the world, but no sense in making excuses for them either.

I'm not sure how I got put in a group with Joe Shmoe. I rarely agree with anything he says. He is ultra-negative.

ALoco-
No comment? I'm right here....

haters 0 lovers 0

its preseason!!!

hope +1001

no name coaches 0, FO 0

POTENTIAL FOR MAJOR CRITICS OF FO AND THEIR DRAFTING AND FA MOVES TO HAVE TO EAT HATS, CHANGE BLOG NAMES INCREASING GAME BY GAME

BUT

preseason is just the smell of the kitchen it aint food but at least its smelling good!

FINSFAN,


YOU R THE VOICE OF REASON , I MISS WROTE THESE POSTS , I HAD TO TO PUT 4 POSTERS TO FOURM THE GANG OF 4 AND YOU ALAWYS COME TO MIND ...SORY ...........

THE GANG OF 4;;;;;;;

DB
ARMANDO
KRIS
JOE SHOME .............

Reggie Bush will be a DC nightmare in passing and non-passing situations. It's going to free others up in our offense for lots of good things.

If Friday night was any indication, the "checkdown" pass has now become a lethal weapon in Miami. That has become both a preseason and regular season fact. A lb is in a total mismatch covering Bush.

DB.


YOU R RIGH ABOUT R.BUSH...... THANK THE LORD,THE MIGHTY GOD,THE MERCIFUL , THAT R.BROWN (( 2 YARDS )) A CARRY HAS GONE .

DC's now have to game plan for Marshall, Bush, and Gates when he comes into the game. Once Clay totally gets the offense down they'll have to gameplan for him too.

That's potentially 4 guys Dc's will have to game plan for, including Thomas, if he comes on like gangbusters. So it's potentially 5.

All of last season the only player DC's had to game plan for in our offense was Marshall, and he still had 86 recs. for over 1,000 yds in only 14 games of action.

So quit your b!tchin if you're a real true dolfan. Your jet-troll puke green boxer shorts are showing. LOL...

Apology accepted Aloco!

Here's my view of the game last night;

Anyone who can't see the positives tonight is either blind, or TRYING not to see.

Doesn't mean we're Super Bowl favorites for beating the dog doo out of Carolina, but it was a lot of fun, much better than losing 17-0 to Atlanta's 1st and 2nd team.

Come on, Henne looked good, Reggie looked awesome. The Defense is still keeping a low key until the regular season. They'll be fine.

Posted by: finsfan72 | August 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

For the Fins to win 9 games this year the D has to continue to be stout. should be better with the upgrade at LB and JT being back. IF O line improves and executes this year that will help Henne improve and with Bush and BM playing well, we should expect Henne to be better this year and put up decent numbers and avoid alot of those turnovers and mistakes from last year, esp. now that he has better coaching with Henning gone! Yes! Go Fins!

With all of the legit weapons now installed around Henne. He is no longer my greatest offensive worry. The highly inconsistent Fasano has taken over that #1 position for me.

Not only is Fasano inconsistent at pass catching. It seems the ball just has a way of bouncing off of his hands and finding a defender. This has been Fasano's story goin on 3 consecutive season now.

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