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Long back, suddenly OL is much better

Jake Long, who was not able to pass his physical at the start of training camp because he was still nursing an undisclosed left leg injury, passed over the weekend and is back on the field.

Great timing by him.

Long's return coincides with a game in which reserve left tackle Lydon Murtha, who generally did fine filling in, struggled somewhat with three penalties against Carolina. Murtha wasn't bad at his assignments or anything like that. It's just that those penalties, especially the pre-snap ones, kill drives and he is simply not as good as Long.

So Long returned to practice Saturday and today gets the day off,  along with the rest of Miami's players. Long will be able to assess his physical condition and conditioning following his first dose of practice.

"It feels real good, getting back there with the guys and finally put the helmet on, jersey, run around out there, get to practicing, it felt good,” Long said after practice.

Dolphins coaches might not use Long in the preseason. He is expected to practice every day possible and that work against Jason Taylor, sometimes against Cameron Wake, and against Miami's burly defensive ends, should be good enough to get Long in football shape. The risk versus the reward of having Long crash helmets with another team's defensive linemen in the preseason seems to tip the scales toward risk.

Think about it:

Long worked all of last year next to Richie Incognito so it's not like the two of them need to learn each other. Yes, the offense is new, but I estimate the Dolphins will work between 40-50 team periods in which the first team offense faces the first team defense the next couple of weeks. On the week before the season-opener against the Patriots, and maybe even two weeks before, Long will also get snaps against a scout team.

So why are we worrying about getting him hit in a preseason game again?

"Whatever," Long said laughing. "Whenever coach puts me in there and expects me to play, I will be ready to play."

And with that, it seems the Dolphins starting offensive line is set. Long at left tackle, Incognito at left guard, Mike Pouncey at center, Vernon Carey at right guard and Marc Colombo at right tackle.

The biggest worry of all these for me? Not Long, coming off the injury. Not Pouncey playing as a rookie. Not Carey shifting to a new position at guard.

Colombo.

He has some ugly, ugly moments at times. The other night there was a pass play in which he let a blitzer run right past him untouched and in against Henne. Henne avoided the blitzer by scrambling away and then was hurried by another lineman that ran past Colombo. When that play was done, Colombo had gotten a chance to block two guys and really didn't lay a finger on either. Made me scratch my head.

Can he run-block well? Yes. Pass-block well? Not sure.

{Update: The Rams have released offensive lineman Tyler Donahue, an undrafted rookie out of Bowling Green. Why do you care? Because the Dolphins showed interest in Donahue earlier this year and will be among the teams wanting to add him to their roster. In fact, Donahue had a workout scheduled with the Dolphins Sunday. Donahue is a 6-6 and 300-pound offensive tackle.]

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Ohhh, Ryan the fagboy is going to slap me with his feather duster, I'm shaking.

Get off a football blog and back to your Martha Stewart magazine

Queerbait

Yea ryan, no one here is interested in your disgusting lifestyle. Find another blog

I am proud of my son. Instead of growing up getting head he grew up giving head. Makes a father proud. Never come home son, never.

I can host a circle jerk on Mondays and Wednesdays after 7pm. Any takers? Prefer true fin fans in great shape.

Wow...what is going on in here today?

Usually it's the Henne Haters vs the Henne Apologists.

Today it's about gays vs gay haters...Wow

We have a winner!!!!!

Welcome to the winning lifestyle. See you soon ryan

If anyone is interested in, you know, the Dolphins...check this out


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/ben_reiter/08/19/dolphins.postcard/index.html#?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a2

The "U" will out swallow anyone.

We at the "U" can out-swallow any school in the country!

AIDS you are welcome.

Noooo, ryan and his frat boys at USF will out swallow anybody

now you're trashing Jake Long what a bunch of cry babies get off this blog go root for th jesters I for one will support this team even Hene he is our QB get the f---k overit

Dont stop guys, we are breaking records


The risk versus the reward of having Long crash helmets with another team's defensive linemen in the preseason seems to tip the scales toward risk.

Think about it:

-Armando Salguero-
------------------------------------------------

Ah, lets see, Long started as rookie and so far has been a perrenial Pro Bowler.

Last year, in what I consider one of SpOrano's biggest blunders, Long is injured playing deep into a meaningless(for Long)Pre Season game.

This year, in a strike shortened off season, Long has just managed to pass a team physical and can't be in good "FOOTBALL" shape.

Oooooooooooooooooo, this one's a tuffy?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............I'm thinking long and hard Armando.

SHEESH!!!!

PS: FinsFan thanks for the shout out @ 5:07.

That's rich- bashing Jake Long..wow.

Made the pro bowl every year from his rookie season on. Maybe the best OL in the NFL. WTF?

Whenever I get my asss handed to me by fellow bloggers, I go run crying to mama (Armando) and I have him delete the comments because I can't take what I had coming to me for being the JACKASSS that I am.

FinsFan, I like the way you think.
Will you marry me?


Whenever I get my asss handed to me by fellow bloggers, I go run crying to mama (Armando) and I have him delete the comments because I can't take what I had coming to me for being the JACKASSS that I am.

Posted by: odinseye | August 21, 2011 at 06:11 PM

Fake Odinseye WTF man? You're supposed to be on my side!

Did you just call me a jackass? I'm TeeeeeeeeeeeeeLLiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!!!

Gees, the line again? Our running game was weak last year. Again it isn't always one or the other. But looking at the lack of speed, all any defender had to do was stand around, see the way they were going and stack the area up. We were terrible. Then to defend the pass it was the same thing.

Cher,

Sit on my face.

Long's knee is serious. After a full off season it still wasn't completely healed. One wrong twist and he could really be done. You just can't build your knee up the same way you can build muscle up, so for a big guy like Long, it won't take much. The weakest link breaks first.

Can you imagine going through the season with Murtha and Columbo as the tackles? Yikes!

This team is looking pretty good. Can't wait for New England to open the season.

NE is going to crush us opening night. Belicheck demoralized Sparano last year both games. Belicheck trained Dabol, knows just the way the guy will be thinking. Their finely tuned offense against our sputtering trying to learn the playbook offense will be a mismatch. I wonder how the high hopes fans are going to be feeling after game one 38 - 13.

odinseye

made there is a fake odinseye impersonating the fake odinseye

Craig M and bobbyd inspired the movie BrokeBack mountain.

Odinseye got it right. We are stacked at defense and have a great defensive coach. Our special teams are looking much better than the disaster of last year. Ireland has brought in a lot of talent - a total turn around from the staff before he came. We all hope Henne emerges as a great contributor. He has the protection. I think he is a keeper. Sparano and Daboll will prove whether they are keepers or just stones along the road this year. Meanwhile Henne has the tools available. But but that is up to him.If he makes it great. If he bombs, sad but that solves that dilemma. Either way we draft a first rate QB either to be behind him or to replace him next year and TE is behind that and finishing out the OL talent with young healthy guys = future replacements for Carey, Columbo in the future. Other than the question mark at QB and the weakness at TE Miami has players who are good or very good and in some cases great at just about all the remainder of the positions. GO Phins!

In two seasons under Dan HenningS, Chad Henne attempted 19 passes of 20 yards or more. This despite the fact that HenningS was supposed to be developing his young ward into an NFL quarterback. A feat HenningS NEVER accomplished in his long and illustrious career BTW.

In two pre season games Brian Daboll has had Henne going deeper than 20 yards 10 TIMES! It's no wonder the offense in general has looked sharper and more Dynamic in two pre season games under Daboll, than it has in three season of DanOsaur HenningS "system".

All things considered, the expert evaluators here at Dolphins In Depth still have their fingers firmly on the pulse of this offense(snicker, snicker).

Of course you have to forget for a moment that these same so called evaluators have been wrong about Henne in every single category thus far into the pre season. Remember, these are the same "PEOPLE" that INITIALLY tried to blame Fasano's INT assist on Henne. Brilliant!

Their latest "fallback" position: Henne has no deep ball accuracy and never will.

When reminded of how little experience HenningS allowed Henne in that department, their latest later fallback position: He had 4 years at Michigan to develop his deep ball accuracy-ROTFLMAO. Again, you have to forget for a moment that these dolts do not realize Henne holds all the school records and looked better going deep in college than Brady did.

That's not even the ludicris part. Forget everything, forget all the facts. Forget that Bellicheat and the Pats know how to develop talent.

These dolts CLAIM that......wait for it.......wait for it......... that 4 years of playing QUARTERBACK in **THE BIG TEN(ROTFLMAO-AGAIN)** should give you ENOUGH experience to be an immediate ELITE quarterback in the NFL!

BHWAAAAAAA Ha HA......snick......snicker......GUFFAAAAAAAAAAW Haw HAW!!!!

Odinseye is it true you are a switch hitter? I'm definitely curious to know. Not sure if what I read is true.

In two seasons under Dan HenningS, Chad Henne attempted 19 passes of 20 yards or more. This despite the fact that HenningS was supposed to be developing his young ward into an NFL quarterback.


Posted by: odinseye | August 21, 2011 at 06:51 PM


What total garbage. Henning wasn't the QB coach, David Lee was, plus Henne had the veteran Penne to teach him as well. It wasn't Hennings fault that cluckbrain Henne didn't know an open receiver when he saw one. Even Sparano confirmed that.

Next, Henning didn't have Bush Gates and Pouncey to younger RB's to work with. Let's call it fair now.

Get your gibberish straight next time.

Fake-Fake Odinseye and Fake student1776(geezus christmas),

Don't hate me cuz I'm Beautiful.

I get THAT, ALL the time!

PS: Everybody wants to be ME!!!!

"u cant be serious. as long as henne and this awful staff are here we arent going anywhere

"

I dont get how people think 11-5, 7-9 and 7-9 is worse and mroe horrible then the 1-15 and the lost decade we just went through.
They literally started with nothing, but you suck arse fans act like they ruined a well tuned machine.Please just leave, tired of all thew negativity.

You cant sit there and tell me all the whining, booing and hissing helps our players and team

Like your last post oldineye. Lots of food for thought there.

"I wonder how the high hopes fans are going to be feeling after game one 38 - 13.
"

Our defense isnt even close to that bad. I dont care how bad our offense is, say 0 points then., But this defense wont give up 38 points in game one of the season, dont care what team it is.

Btw, if belicheat knows dabbol, dabbol knows belicheat. Stop being dumb. Goes both ways.

Corners, dumb is you if you thing the student knows better than the teacher.

Samchez first pass, a long deep strike perfect ball. Will we ever see Henne do that more than once a game?

Dabols resume as OC

Experience: 1 year
Result? 32nd in the league. Fired.

Cher,

Ride my face like you would a horse.

Anybody watching the Jet game?>

Stats shmats. Sanchez hits the receivers in stride, puts the ball where they can keep running with it. Henne throws late and to the wrong shoulder 90% of the time.

Jake longs knee injury could be a problem all year long. I hope the knee holds up. Because after him its not good.


In two seasons under Dan HenningS, Chad Henne attempted 19 passes of 20 yards or more. This despite the fact that HenningS was supposed to be developing his young ward into an NFL quarterback.


Posted by: odinseye | August 21, 2011 at 06:51 PM

What total garbage. Henning wasn't the QB coach, David Lee was,

-Ah, talk about gibberish? Um, I believe Henning was calling the plays, no? Duh, BTW, as a further testament to HenningS diminished capabilities, Under Daboll, who is Henne's QB coach? Dooh!

BTW-What the heck did Lee(another loser)have to do with calling deep passing plays? Let me help you out with this one: NOTHING! HELLO-0-0-O-O-o-o-o-o............


plus Henne had the veteran Penne to teach him as well.

-Gibberish again, not surprising. First off Penny wasn't "NOT CALLING DEEP PASS PLAYS". Second, Penny was doing EVERYTHING he could to hold onto his job. Yeah, I love that argument. Penny was just trying as hard as he could to help Henne put him on the unemployment line-ROTFLMAO! Not even in a perfect world Bud ;)

It wasn't Hennings fault that cluckbrain Henne didn't know an open receiver when he saw one. Even Sparano confirmed that.

-COMPLETE Gibberish on this one. You loose ALL credibility when just start making things up-Wow! SpOrano never said any such thing-lol.


Next, Henning didn't have Bush Gates and Pouncey to younger RB's to work with. Let's call it fair now.

Get your gibberish straight next time.


Posted by: Doomsday | August 21, 2011 at 06:56 PM


--Fair? Are you completely off your rocker. Next time I go on vacation I wanna get some of what you're smoking.

Henning installed his "SYSTEM(ahem, cough, cough)" here and promptly started out 0-3, WITH A PROVEN VETERAN QB! David Lee and the Ricky and Ronnie show pulled his a s s out of the fire with the wildcat and took us to the AFC EAST Title.

Henning then took an 11-5 AFC East Championship team to two 7-9 seasons!

FAIR? Are you kidding me? Fair?

OK, why not, I'm sure Reggie Bush and a couple of rookies would have made all the difference in the world-ROTFLMAO!

Gibberish INDEED!!!!


One thought from me for the day. I think it's pretty funny that a lot of Miami reporters wrote about the Dolphins Carolina game the whole week leading up to it and most agreed that Henne and the team had to play well to redeem themselves. The funny came after the Dolphins played well and those same reporters told us to calm down because they "only played the Panthers". It's funny because they didn't mention a thing about how bad the Panthers were last year until AFTER the game.

And it makes me think that more reporters in Florida WANT the Dolphins to fail rather than succeed. If you talk all week about how they have to play well then you should give them credit when they do. If you had added "they have to play well but it's only the Panthers so we can't really judge them by that" BEFORE the game the finger wagging at fans for being happy would've actually had some weight behind it.

And giving credit isn't, "the Dolphins played well but it was only the Panthers and they didn't blow them away". That's actually a put down. Mando has always stated that he wants the Phins to do better because his job will be more fun. I think the fact of the matter is for most of these reporters the Dolphins failing makes their jobs more exciting. It seems like the national media get really riled up over strife and kind of peter out when things are going well.

Colombo the weakest link!! I just don't understand TS keeping this guy on the team
He sucks and is slow cant pass protect to save his life!! I'm telling you guys if Colombo still the RT on opening day Henne might end up hurt..

Columbo does worry me. If he wasn't good enough for a team like the cowboys who's biggest need was o line and is good enough for us is byond me

Sanchez had a 12 yard TD. It's been all dink and dunk!

Not the hated check down. Say it is not so.

Sanchez sucks, he all dink and dunk.

Even the 20 yarder to Plaxico was MOSTLY YAC-WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

With no run game so far, Rookie Andy Dalton is starting to dissect the wets 1st team D. 5-12 62 yards. He did throw two int's early though.

Calm down kid. Throw a bean ball at Rexy and take a deep breath!

Just watched the texans game. We will see/learn alot this week about our defense against the texans offense. They look good.
Now the offense against their defense, texans defense has always been weak. But they have phillips as dc now.

Odineye. One was mot his fault. Think the first one.

Open letter to legitimate bloggers:

Odinseye has been shown time and time again to be one of the people paid to create hits on the blog. He is to be disregarded unless you like going back and forth with a phantom spewing phantom arguments.

-Skip

How ironic!

LOL!

Oops, I mean, that was Daltons fault, he sucks!

NEXT! NEXT!

Skip,

You haven't been paying attention.

Odinseye = NJPHINFAN

Hey those first 5 games of the PHINS will tell the way this team will end up, i hope is 3 and 2 but with this QB and head coach who knows!! Let's all wish our PHINS the best!

Not true Skippy, knock it off.

I'm truly a FANATICAL FAN.

I don't flip flop for arguments sake. I just form my opinions and post them.

If you or anyone else choosing to ignore me I won't cry. But I'll keep on posting :)

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