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Monday afternoon camp report (free!)

The Dolphins did not draft anyone in today's NFL supplemental draft.

Terrelle Pryor went to the Oakland Raiders, who overspent invested a third-round pick on the former Ohio State quarterback. No other player was drafted during this draft. All of the remaining players become free agents.

Meanwhile, back at the stately Dolphins facility:

Tony Sparano said the open competition for the starting free safety job between Reshad "Get it on" Jones, as he likes to be called, and Chris Clemons, is still an open competition. Neither player has pulled ahead of the other, apparently.

The dynamic here is interesting. The Dolphins want more big plays out of the position and the team believes Jones can provide that better than Clemons. The Dolphins also want everyone properly lined up and as few mental mistakes as possible in the deep secondary, and that is apparently where Clemons has an advantage over Jones.

The Dolphins need someone to make a crossover.

"I think will go right to the end," Sparano said of the competition. "It's not something I'm rooting for but I think it's going to happen."

Methinks Jones wins, but that's just a prediction and I stink at predictions more than I stink at most other things in life. Nonetheless, Jones is getting better at getting folks lined up and a big play is a big play is a big play.

Speaking of those, Sparano said cornerbacks Sean Smith and Vontae Davis have had the earnest thrill of participating in 510 camp plays before Monday. They are mostly error-free plays as they are averaging only one mental mistake every 70 plays or so. That is excellent as it translate to only one mental mistake per game.

What needs improvement is that neither Davis nor Smith has gotten his hands around enough footballs (interceptions) in practice. That typically shows up in practice before translating to the games. So far, not enough of either.

Moving on ...

Remember the other day I suggested on a previous post the Dolphins should perhaps shelve Reggie Bush the rest of the preseason in order to save him and minimize his injury risk?

Yeah, forget about that because it apparently isn't what Bush wants or expects. I asked Bush if following his very nice debut Friday against Carolina he needed to do some more sharpening of his game or if he felt ready for the season.

"I don't think that as a team we're ready to start the season yet and me as an an individual I don't think I'm ready yet," Bush said. "There's a lot of things I need to work on. I've only played one preseason game here with the Dolphins. I obviously have had a lot of practice with the team but being out there with the team in game situations is a lot different. I definitely think I have a ways to go, so hopefully this next game I'll get the bulk of the plays and get a chance to build on and fine tune my tools." 

The Dolphins had a walk-thru at the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (my name for it) this morning and then went on the field for about an hour before it began to rain. That forced them back inside the NSMB.

Lydon Murtha, Mickey Shuler, Lex Hilliard, Garrett Chisolm, and Patrick Carter did not practice.

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FF

Some of us true Dolphins have our eyes wide open about the Dolphins.

Monday Night Opener: Pats 48, Phins 10

Don't come on this blog crying after it happens, okay?

Russ, my eyes are open all right, and I see another two bit Madden GM coming on this blog, someone who is totally clueless and wants the Dolphins to fail to fill his own big headed ego. Get lost you Puke

I love your name for the bubble practice facility. That is about the only good thing Nick Saban brought to this team.

I predict 3-13

I also predict I will never get laid

By a woman, unless I pay

SCARY THOUGHT...................

when the Redskins come in here, and JOHN BECK throws for 300 yards and 2 TDs......

what willyou do........

Sure Russ your a "true" Dolphin fan. More like true ass bag.

Fins forever,

Since I've probably on the blog longer than you and following the Dolphins longer than you, you get lost!

And don't think I didn't notice that you didn't dispute the fact that the o-line and Henne are horrible. There's a very good reason why Henne was ranked 30th out of 32 starting QBs and Mike&Mike predicted we'd go 3-13. I didn't rank them, NFL analysts did.

The mere thought of you sitting there crying in your beer defeat after defeat after defeat disgusts me, you blind, pathetic weasel of a human.

Good grief what a bunch of haters. This blog is more full of Dolphin haters than I can recall seeing in years.

If you are going to incessantly predict doom and gloom for the team then why not be a fan of a front runner.

There is alot of bandwagons to jump on out there.

This is the moment to feel some hope about the team.

You know before Columbo looks like a turn stile, before TS tries to run Reggie up the gut all game and he gets hurt.

Before the team suffers a major injury to a key position.

Jeesh!

RT needs an early draft pick next year. The team obviously needs a good TE. But this team is improving.

Why not just have a little hope about it?


Odinseye and some of the other blind idiots are the only ones saying we'll go 11-5.

-Oh look, it's the Blog Hit Troll. He uses my name because he thought I wasn't here. Nice cowardly tactic there Marc.....Rus......whatever, suckface will suffice.
For the record I never predicted anything yet. Hmmmmmm, Blog hit troll is lying and being cowardly at the same time, NICE!

The team has 2-14 written all over it because our o-line and QB stink out loud. How in the world can we go 11-5 (snicker, snicker)

-OMG! He's theif as well, why am I not surprised. For your info suckface, I have a patend on:(snicker, snicker). How low can you go?

when our o-line can't run block or pass block and our QB can't hit a WR in stride unless it's a 10-yard pattern??? Would somebody please explain that to me???

Posted by: Russ | August 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM


-U Dumb?

10 yards a pop is a great avg. and keeps the chains moving. Wow, a troll with absolutely no football knowledge. That's real original-Not(snicker, snicker) ;)

Let me guess, now

U Mad?

ROTFLMAO-Dooh!

Doom and Gloomers have a place here just as much as the Ridiculous Optimists.

Say what's on your mind Russ!

Russ has been on the blog longer then anyone?? Mmm, who here knows the name Russ before today? No one, which means your nome, kris, Marc or any one of the other DoucheBags who uses thousands of names because you need to hide because there is nothing else you know how to say. So instead of get lost how about this. Go blow yourself you name changing poosie.

Man up, odinseye! You said the Phins were going to the playoffs this year! Don't back down because this punk!!


Doom and Gloomers have a place here just as much as the Ridiculous Optimists.

Say what's on your mind Russ!

Posted by: finsanity | August 22, 2011 at 07:51 PM


Blog Hit Troll talking to SELF, ROTFLMAO!


Fins Forever = Odinseye = name-changing loser


Man up, odinseye! You said the Phins were going to the playoffs this year! Don't back down because this punk!!

Posted by: Delfino | August 22, 2011 at 07:56 PM


Marcu.....russ......finsan.....I mean Delfino, just because I'm pointing you out for what you are-Blog Hit Troll-you going to get upset and start making stuff up?

Classy-ROTFLMAO :)

-U-
-MAD-
-?-

Russ,

It's well know that odinseye is on the blog to provide blog hits and create blog hits for the herald. He exists to incite. Ignore him.

He dumb.


Fins Forever = Odinseye = name-changing loser

Posted by: WellKnownFact | August 22, 2011 at 07:57 PM

Blog Hit Troll accusing others of doing what he does EVERY DAY-ALL DAY LONG.

PS: I spit bourban on my screen after reading that one. I hate wasting Bourban, but ah, thanks for the laugh!

-u-
-MAD-
-?-

Blog hits? Too weird for me...

One Pro Bowler on the o-line and he's banged up. Our QB is thought to be worse than just about every other QB in the league.

Yeah, Odinseye, you're right. Fins are going to the Super Bowl. Get your tickets now!! FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russ,

It's well know that odinseye is on the blog to provide blog hits and create blog hits for the herald. He exists to incite. Ignore him.

He dumb.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | August 22, 2011 at 08:00 PM

See what I mean Fella's?

Blog Hit Troll is confronted so he accuses people of doing what he does everyday.

I told you not to mess with me. BTW, how's the Hover Round Running?

Nobody knows what is going to happen. It's football in a parody league.

The ball is shaped funny for a reason.

The Dolphins could go 3-13, could go 10-6.

Nobody knows. it is arrogant to act like you do and just lame to spew the negativity.

I dont like Sparano, dont like they way he coaches.

Yeah it's painful to watch the yard and a half and a cloud of dust on top of continuously positioning for FG's, sure.

And I still am supportive of this team. I will be watching a rooting the team on game 1 just like every season for the last 30 years.

It is easy to sit back and be negative. It does not take any creativity or imagination to do that. That sh*t is easy.

What's hard is to believe in something that is not perfect. It takes some faith.

I believe in this team this year until they prove otherwise.

The team has speed at WR if Gates plays. The Dabol offense is more aggressive and has Henne throwing more deep balls. The defense will be decent.

There are some things to be positive about.

I'm starting to think this blog hit talk about odie is true. He responds to everything. Only reason to that is to keep the blog hits coming.
Methinks odinseye is a fraud. Sad.


Yeah, Odinseye, you're right. Fins are going to the Super Bowl. Get your tickets now!! FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Russ | August 22, 2011 at 08:05 PM


Blog Hit Troll Tactic No. 2:

Make up things and accuse others of saying it. Usually gets a rise out of poster.

PS: Duh! Told ya Bro, you got to do better Dan Dat!

New nickname for me - see below.

Odin,

what is with bloggers continuously changing their names?

I suppose that has been happening for a while now. It just seems to be increasing.

Awwwww

Him sad.:(

LMAO!!!

I would now like to discuss gay viking history.

Once upon a time, I am a gay viking, the end.

Oregon Dolphins fan = Odinseye

Pretty clear.

Heat,

looks to me like Odin is just taking the time to call out some BS.

Armando does not care about blog hits. He really does not care about this blog at all.

The radio show is what matters to him and writing negative articles about the Dolphins.

I believe alot of the negativity you see on this blog is a direct result of Armando.

Armando enjoys leading the bloggers around by their noses and many have a hard time thinking for themselves.

o"dorkeye @08:12 LOL!

Oregon Dolphins fan = Odinseye

yeah, not even close.


I'm starting to think this blog hit talk about odie is true. He responds to everything. Only reason to that is to keep the blog hits coming.
Methinks odinseye is a fraud. Sad.

Posted by: Heat | August 22, 2011 at 08:08 PM


NOPE, you just pissed me off good last night as russ, finsanity, etc, etc.

Now, allow me to translate your last post for the real bloggers:

I wish Odin would shut up, I'm being exposed.

-Blog Hit Troll-


New nickname for me - see below.

Posted by: odinsbrowneye | August 22, 2011 at 08:09 PM


Blog Hit Troll Tactic No.3:

Resort to 3rd grade level name calling.

Cute ;)

Who cares if Gates is the fastest guy in football, Henne can get it to him. Henne is never going to be an accurate deep ball passer, he will hit a few, miss on many.

can't


Oregon Dolphins fan = Odinseye

yeah, not even close.

Posted by: Oregon Dolphin fan | August 22, 2011 at 08:15 PM


Oregon, his tactics are old and easily identifiable. If I were you I wouldn't even talk to the invalid.

If you do, however, please just refer to him as Blog Hit Troll. He LIKE that ;)

Bunda,

You know this how?

Henne hit the deep ball in college. He had only a handful of opportunities last year.

It is a timing play and has to be practiced at game speed.

Toughest position in all of sports, typically takes several years for things to click for a QB.

You dont know that he will be unable to dial in that deep ball.

You dont know what will happen this season.

Impersonating someone else's blog handle is a very lame thing to do.

What kind of person does that?

Oregon and the rest of the Real Bloggers,

I want to apologize to everyone for my taking up all the space and making you guys have to go through all this Blog Hit CRAP!

Just for the record, I was reading everybodies stuff tonight, not messing with any until I came across this:


Odinseye and some of the other blind idiots are the only ones saying we'll go 11-5.

Posted by: Russ | August 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM


I'm only human and after awhile The Blog Hit Troll gets to me. I realize that there's blog hit war going on, but DAMN! Armando should at least get somebody that knows a little something about football.

The negativity doesn't bother me nearly as much as the obvious bltant IGNORANCE.

Oregon

Henne was a 4 year starter in college, and now in his 4th year as a pro. You either have the long ball down by now or you don't. His long ball percentage is very low. He has not been accurate beyond 15 yards. Most of his throws are forced late. Good long ball QB's have done it in their first year playing. Henne still struggling with it. Does not look like he will ever be consistent at it if he isn't by now.

Henne is a below average QB with a strong arm. His biggest problem is not correctable, between the ears.

Bunda,

I understand your reasoning. Still, I think your perception might be skewed.

If Henne comes into the NFL and plays in a system that ALLOWS the QB to go deep only 1 or 2 times a game, do you think that could affect his development?

I mean say, as opposed to coming into the league in a system that lets the QB go deep 8 to 10 times a game?

I'm not making excuses and I'm not arguing, I'm just saying in a better QB friendly offense, it's POSSIBLE Henne could do better.

henne looks like he has no confidence in his long ball. he's trying/hoping to throw a frozen rope to hit a receiver in stride 50 yds downfield. the vet QB's put some air under the ball and let the receiver "go det it". this works much better and there is more room for error. a good receiver can adjust speeds to still come up with the catch. henne's receivers are usually running wide open so henne should relax and make sure he takes something off his throw. thats usually perfected in college ball.

Bunda,

1st off i believe you are wrong about the 4 years. Henne took over for Pennington 2 years ago early in the season. Last year was his 1st as the game 1 starter. This is effectively his 3rd year.

The HC, GM and Henne's team mates have a completely different view of the situation than you do.

It is a very complex game and the game happens very fast.

According to Sparano Henne is reading the defense very well and getting the ball out on time.

On top of that to reiterate the deep ball is a timing play and takes practice at game speed to get the timing down.

Henne did not throw the deep ball last year.

Basically this is the 1st year he has been asked to attack deep and the 1st year he has a actual deep threat speed WR.

Also the 1st year deep pass plays are called in none predictable situations.

You do not know what he is going to be able to do this season. Why not hold off on the negativity until we get into the season?

Greg z,

I saw that exact same thing last game.

It is a timing issue. Once he throws enough of those deep balls at game speed he will start to hit them.

I believe he will. And if he does not then he will be run out of town.

Odinseye

My question would be, how do you KNOW he was only allowed to go deep 1-2 times a game? I can remember interviews with Henning saying he did have down field options. I can remember Sparano saying Henne has to realize what 'open' means, like Marshall is really open when Henne didn't think so.

Secondly, aside from the games, he has been the #1 or #2 QB for 4 years, so we can't forget about all that practice time. Hard to believe they never practiced long passes.

Now, of course I can't know anything for sure, I'm just voicing my logical conclusions from what I have seen so far. Reggie Bush is going to make the check down pass a more dangerous weapon, I'm not so sure Henne himself has become a more dangerous weapon. We'll see soon enough.

i think a really good QB coach probably could help henne understand the importance of timing and touch. unfortunately the fins qb coach never coached QB's until this year. we really needed a retired former QB to break down his throws(like a pitching coach in baseball). his biggest flaw is waiting for the receiver to become "open",then throwing hard and late.

We'll see soon enough.

Posted by: Bunda | August 22, 2011 at 08:51 PM

This much is true. They also could not protect for the deep ball last year.

It was rarely called and when called rarely able to be blocked for.

I recall an interview with Henning last year after the 1st Bills game. You know before the already thin offensive line was devastated with injuries.

Henning said he called 3 deep balls, all in max protection and 2 of the 3 were blown up by the Bills D line.

The Dolphins offensive line was a major problem last year and remains suspect today.

Oregon

I don't care how it gets spun, Henne is going on his 4th year. Now maybe he didn't start 4 years, but he was on the team, practicing, learning, being guided. Does that count for nothing? I think you can't just throw that away.

Secondly, its not so much negativity. I watched the too preseason games. I know, preseason, practice, can't make too many judgements. Still though, he seems to still throw the ball late too often if you ask me. It seems like he tries to use his arm strength to make up for the late throw.

Bottom line, I want to see progress on Hennes part. He seems to be playing a little faster now, that is progress, and using his legs more too. I'm still not convinced his passing has made progress.

'we really needed a retired former QB to break down his throws(like a pitching coach in baseball).' greg z.

Too true!


fins may finally realize you need to throw more on early downs to spread out the D. opponents knew our preference for running and stacked the box while we continued to have 3rd and long after 2 runs netting 2 yds. when we decided to max protect we only had 2 receivers who were double covered. very frustrating.

greg z

Phil Simms broke down Hennes throws just a couple of weeks ago. He said the really great QB's today all drastically improved their throwing motion after a couple of seasons in the NFL. He said Henne hasn't...forgot the terminology he used, but he does not like Hennes throwing motion and blamed his accuracy directly on that.

Bunda,

Not a matter of spin, it's just a fact. The games Henne has started in his career at Miami have all been under Henning and Henning did not call deep pass plays.

Oh and there is a big difference between practice and games. But dont take my word for it, read it straight for R Bush at the top of this very blog...

'I obviously have had a lot of practice with the team but being out there with the team in game situations is a lot different.'

Game speed is just a different beast.

It's too bad that Henne is not a pro bowler today. He has struggled, the pieces around him have as well.

It just takes time to get the thing down. But Dabol is calling deep pass plays and hopefully that will continue into the regular season.


Greg z,

Again that is just what I saw last year as well.

The predictability of the offense last year was just a killer.

Bunda,

no substitution for game speed experience.

You've played competitive sport, right?

There is a big difference between pick up basketball and playing with refs.

There is a big difference between playing against your teammates and playing against guys you do not know as well

Garner is the second best OL player on the Fins. I just can't understand Sparano's thinking. Why is this kid not a starter?

Bunda,

look I wish Henne had hit those deep ball attempts as much as anyone.

It is a new aspect to the offense. why not withhold negative judgment until at least he has a few games under his belt where the OC calls deep pass plays?

Also, there is no guarantee that this will happen. It could be that Sparano is only allowing the deep passing in preseason and that Sparano will get tight come regular season.

I am hopeful the team continues to attack offensively. They really need to have that aspect. And Henne needs to hit those deep throws. And the line needs to protect him. We will see.

I'm looking for a breakout year from Henne.

Anyway good discussion.

"Odinseye and some of the other blind idiots are the only ones saying we'll go 11-5. The team has 2-14 written all over it because our o-line and QB stink out loud. How in the world can we go 11-5 (snicker, snicker) when our o-line can't run block or pass block and our QB can't hit a WR in stride unless it's a 10-yard pattern??? Would somebody please explain that to me???"

Russ

Russ I'll explain it to you right after you give me what should be a simple answer considering your stance. If the Dolphins went 7-9 last year with no running game, no real deep threat, and a depleted defense (that added more than a few good players this year)NOT TO MENTION an offense that was less explosive than Dabolls in Cleveland, how do you figure they're going to lose MORE games this season? You don't think they will match last years 7-9 even though the team is a year wiser and stronger on paper?

So obviously your answer is "I don't even think they will win 3 games". Now my question is why?

You said "the o-line and QB stink out loud".
That may be true but they're still better than last year. With the addition of Pouncey the left side of our line is SOLID. Carey is transitioning very nicely at RG so our only question is RT. Last season before the start the whole interior of the line was a question mark. Secondly did our QB, A. get worse in the off season B. Stay the same or C. Get better?
Jury is still out but you can't seriously pick A can you? The safe bet is B "stayed the same". Meaning with a better o-line and same QB I can't see how you got 2 wins, it makes no sense.

"and Mike&Mike predicted we'd go 3-13. I didn't rank them, NFL analysts did."

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Mike and Mike, NFL analysts? Dude you're clueless, get lost.

Bunda. I see your point henne has been playing QB most of his life and if can't throw the deep ball with accuracy consistently by now than I don't think he will it will probably be 50% hit or miss or 60% miss 40% miss!
But who knows... I'm just a long timer fan that loves my team and give a little constructive criticism..

"Doom and Gloomers have the right to be in here just like Ridiculous Optimists."

7-9 or 8-8 is optimism? What planet are you from?

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