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Some P.R. issues also football issues

The Dolphins, like any other NFL team, can suffer two basic kinds of black eyes. The first and most important one is a black eye to the football team itself -- be it in the form of an injury, or a loss, or anything that affects competitive advantage.

The second much less important hit, in my opinion, is the public relations and marketing hit a team might take from time to time.

The Dolphins today are dealing with two situations that offer both a P.R. hit and possible football hit. And I'm here to discuss what you care about: The football hit.

The situations? Diverse as they are, they involve the possible hiring of a new offensive lineman and the celebrating of a national championship college team.

Let's deal with the college team thing first. The Dolphins over the weekend announced that on Oct. 23, in conjunction with the Denver Broncos visit to Sun Life Stadium, they would welcome at least 20 former Florida Gators players, coach Urban Meyer, the Gator band, and that crocodile mascot thing to Sun Life to celebrate the Gators' 2008-2009 national title team.

If you listen to my radio show, Armando and the Amigo, you know this news got Hurricanes fans all angry because they view it as a betrayal by the Dolphins of the Hurricanes, who happen to be the Saturday afternoon tenants at Sun Life Stadium.

It is a marketing and P.R. issue because the Dolphins are today dealing with some irrate Hurricanes fans calling and e-mailing complaints.

I'm not concerned with that. That's intangible stuff.

What concerns me is football. Just football.

And this idea is bad from a tangible football aspect. Understand that Tim Tebow plays for the Denver Broncos. Well, he rides the bench for the Denver Broncos. That's not the point. The point is, the Dolphins on Oct. 23 could be welcoming into their stadium a sizable number of Gators fans, many of whom I imagine will want to see the guy that helped them to one national title and led them to the other do well.

A lot of those Gator fans, who otherwise might not attend a Dolphins game, just might find themselves cheering for Tebow -- who plays on the Broncos. And they might find themselves rooting for Tebow's team -- the Broncos.

So the Dolphins, a team that was 1-7 at home last season, might be unknowingly welcoming folks that will be rooting against the Dolphins that day. That is not exactly maximizing the home field advantage.

That can, to whatever small or large degree, affect Miami's football team and even work against the home team. That makes it a football issue that goes to the heart of competitive advantage.

On another front, you no doubt are already aware the Dallas Cowboys today released center Andre Gurode. He is a five-time Pro Bowl player. It was not an easy decision for the Cowboys -- certainly tougher than the cutting of Marc Colombo.

And now, as they do with most veterans that get cut, the Dolphins will consider their options. They will weigh whether Gurode might upgrade their troubled offensive line and decide whether to try and add the player.

This presents a football issue and a marketing and P.R. issue.

The P.R. issue? The fact is most Dolphins fans I interact with are sick and tired of the Dolphins picking up former Dallas Cowboys players. Many of them have not panned out, with most fans pointing to Akin Ayodele, Pat McQuistan, Cory Procter, Keith Davis, and Nate Jones as examples of that.

Obviously, Jason Ferguson worked out (for a time), Lou Polite has worked out, and Anthony Fasano has worked out (when his hands don't betray him). The jury is still out on Colombo and Kevin Burnett.

No matter. Many Miami fans are just sick of the Dolphins hiring Cowboys retreads.

So the possibility of hiring another Dallas castoff in Gurode is an emotional issue to folks. It is a P.R. question.

But again, I don't care about the P.R. aspect.

I care about football. And again, this is also a football issue.

As everyone is aware the Miami offensive line is coming off a bad game. When coach Tony Sparano growled their performance against Tampa Bay "wasn't good enough," he was being kind.

So do the Dolphins add a Gurode to upgrade that line?

I hope not.

To begin, Miami's biggest problem is on the right side of the line where right guard Vernon Carey seemingly hasn't gotten comfortable with his new spot and right tackle Colombo just yielded two sacks in the Tampa game.

So even if adding Gurode adds a good player, it doesn't directly add a player at either position Miami needs help. Yes, Gurode played guard early in his career. But he played it so poorly, he was nearly cut. It wasn't until he was moved to center by Bill Parcells that his career took off.

But the Dolphins have a starting center. Mike Pouncey is a big investment. He has played every snap this preseason at center. He is a center. The Dolphins are invested in making him into a good one.

The football question is do they abandon that idea for now to bring in Gurode to play center and move Pouncey to guard? The move likely improves your unit a bit in that it adds experience at center, adds more agility at guard and creates a competition at right tackle between Colombo and Carey.

But it retards Pouncey's progress as a center. It practically changes the entire dynamic of the Miami line, thus erasing whatever chemistry that line had built the past four weeks or so. The move also reeks of desperation and is a sign that suggests the team didn't get it right in moving Carey and signing Colombo in the first place.

Do the Dolphins do it? Do they add Gurode?

It's a P.R. question. But it is also a significant and serious football question.

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#1

Nate Jones didn't work out? He was awesome! He was one of the top 3 nickel backs in the league the last year he was here.



I want to nominate Parcells, Ireland, HenningS and SpOrano to the All Time Hall Of Fame's "Gang Of Pigeon Holers".

In the FIRST draft they picked Long and Henne 1 and 2. This should have been the direction of their future. I mean we are talking your very first high draf picks.

They bring in Pennington to hold down the fort while the 2nd rounder develops, fine and dandy.

Except they didn't take any consideration of Henne's skillset. You know, they guy they drafted to be the future. Shula would have at least tried to tailor the offense around his future QB.

Not Parcells and HenningS, instead they try to pigeon hole Henne into some kind of robotic Henning/Pennington LOVE CHILD! They take a dynamic college QB in the 2nd round and try to FORCE him into a part time(thanks to the wildcat)game manager.

The Wildcrap itself is another great example. With a Weak armed quarterback, no receivers and nothing working on offense, do they directly address the issue? NOPE! They try and Pigeon Holer a 1940's offense into the 21st century passing league.

Wake was a sack master in back to back to seasons in the NFL. Yet he didn't get to see the field for over a year. WHY? Because he supposedly wasn't good against the run? Huh? Like Porter was that year, but that's another story. They take a guy with obvious tremendous pass rushing skills and try an pigeon hole into an OLB on the STRONG SIDE! If these guys wern't so hell bent on Pigeon Holing, Wake would have two seasons with double digit sacks.

Now their doing it with Reggie Bush and soon probably Daniel Thomas. Bush is known for being a dynamic slot receiver, a return specialists and third down back. Despite his durability issues, lets Pigeon Hole him into an every down back, BRILLIANT!

Pouncey isn't as strong of an example, but it's still the same mindset. The guys plays guard at an outstanding level for three years in college, before playing one year of center. So what do we do? We use a 1st round pick on him as center.

Look at our line. Cognito aways played on the right side. We move him to the left. Carey was a guard, we stick him out at tackle.

It goes on and on and on....................

PS: I don't know where that came from, but I had to get it off my chest. STOP THE MADNESS TONY!!!!

the UF thing is awful... nevermind that Dolphins hardly pick players from a good college team in their backyard... they are bringing in UF players to celebrate a Champ team from 2 YEARS AGO?!?! I get 5 years, I get 10 years... but 2 years ago!?! this screams of desperation... and I can be ok with desperate, but doing THIS as a desperate move... the management have no feeling for the local sofla contingent... redic.

odinseye

can't really disagree with anything you said except for Wake

As much as I loved him before coming to the dolphins, he didn't play any outside linebacker in the CFL where he was a tackle

so the transition for him was probably bigger than you or me realize

sorry
got myself confused

he was a DE not DT

It reeks of desperation?

They should be desperate because they reek!

If Gurode can be added cheaply as a back up, why not?

Don't FIX the Center position because he the guard and tackle positions are broke!

Stop the pigeon holing, stop the madness and fix what ACTUALLY NEEDS to be FIXED - DAMN Ya'll!

Dolphins missed on McKinney, they will pass on O'hara who could play guard

fins4ever

Is O'hara even healthy?

He only played 6 games last year.

I don't care about PR. I care about seeing the best team on the field on Sunday (or Monday night). If it means swallowing some pride to make the unit better, it needs to happen. Better to admit the mistake now before it is too late. The line looks like garbage and something needs to be done.

The whole Gators thing is a joke right? This wouldn't happen anywhere else but here. Another black eye to the Hurricanes. Sun Life is the "now" home of the Canes.

This O-line shuffle is getting old, and needs to be fix ASAP.


odinseye

can't really disagree with anything you said except for Wake

As much as I loved him before coming to the dolphins, he didn't play any outside linebacker in the CFL where he was a tackle

so the transition for him was probably bigger than you or me realize

Posted by: Boardwalk | August 29, 2011 at 02:08 PM


In the CFL Wake played Defensive End.

But my main point was that he was the best pass rusher in back to back seasons in the CFL, so we bring him in and don't let him see the field because he allegedly can't play the RUN!

I'm making a big stretch here, but Shula I imagine would have schemed him in to play to his strengths, which is pass rushing.

Not these guys today, they kept him off the field UNTIL he proved he could play the run! I mean with nearly 50 sacks in the past two seasons in the CFL, they could have at least put him in in passing situations.

...I'm not a season ticket holder, do not live in the greater Miami area, Have I been to a home game in more than 4 years. I really do not qualify to speak on this issue. But since this is a forum to squwak I'll give my opinion.

WTF are the Phins doing? What do the Florida Gators have to do with the community of Miami? Is the ownership that desperate to try and put fans in the seats that they will resort to this? Besides the state name. UF has no ties to the community that supports the local teams. Why not bring in the Yankees whike your at it. Plenty of New Yorkers in SFLA to come out. Retire Jeters number..He played in the World Series here a few years ago..This reeks.

Is the orginiaztion so starved for relavance that we have to look to outside resources to fill the void? Is there nothing team related that would spark any interest in fans? This seems to be the case. We have to resort to featuring a third string jesus freak(sorry religeous folks) side show to put fans in the seats...How many players can you guys name from that team(Gators)..without google?

In honor of our many residents originally from the New York area, we are going to pay tribute to the Big Apple. When we host the Jets, we will decorate the stadium with Jets green and white, give our cheerleaders a break and have the Jets cheerleaders come here, and I've arranged with the mayor a Key To The City for all Jets personel while they are here.

I don't wish it upon him, but what if Tebow is cut and isn't with the Bronco's for the October 23 game? Phins management would look awfully silly and would serve them right to hold such a stupid event on the Hurricanes home field.....

im from gainesville and most gator fans in this area are also dolphins fans, who cares what the hurricanes think? if they dont like it then go get their own stadium, the dolphins dont owe them anything, and im a gator and diehard dolphin, i could care less about tebow now that hes a Bronco, its all about the dolphins, this is florida and the last time i checked the phins and gators are both from FLORIDA

In the CFL Wake played Defensive End.

But my main point was that he was the best pass rusher in back to back seasons in the CFL, so we bring him in and don't let him see the field because he allegedly can't play the RUN!

I'm making a big stretch here, but Shula I imagine would have schemed him in to play to his strengths, which is pass rushing.

Not these guys today, they kept him off the field UNTIL he proved he could play the run! I mean with nearly 50 sacks in the past two seasons in the CFL, they could have at least put him in in passing situations.

Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 02:24 PM

Yeah, DE, I corrected myself after my post

There is a BIG difference in line play between the NFL and CFL, probably the biggest talent difference between the two leagues. He was literally playing against what you would consider 4th or 5th stringers in the NFL.

Wake did get some chances in passing situations his first year with the dolphins, hence the 5.5 sacks, but he couldn't be a starting outside linebacker until he learned to play the run.

Jimmy Wilson blew a couple of coverages big time last night. One that probably costs us the game.

But who cares, it's pre season and I'll bet a great learning experience for him. You can tell he's thinking and reacting moreso at this point than just instinctual balling.

If he's playing this good now, I can't wait to see him when the light comes on. GREAT 7th round pick, I hope he makes the roster or at least the practice squad.

Armando what team do you cover again? You certainly have free seats to every Dolphins home game correct? Then you also have certainly seen that half of the stadium is filled with opposing fans every week, with or without Tim Tebow in the house. Our home field advantage goes away whenever the Dolphins are a mediocre team because a lot of Dolphins fans are not die hards. They are bandwagon fans and only go to games when the team is being talked about as a contender. There's just too much to do in south Florida and people are going to pick fun things over watching the home town team get beat as opposed to New England and New Jersey in the winter. Football is the best thing in town during those months.

I actually would welcome the addition of Gurode on a 1 year contract. I think not only would it help solidify our line for this season but it would give Pouncey a year to play alongside a pro bowler that can teach him about reads and coverages. He could be an on the field coach for Pouncey as he gets used to the speed of the NFL. I don't see how this stunts his growth as a linemen, linemen switch positions all of the time. Long, Incognito, Gurode, Pouncey, Carey ! Are you freaking kidding me that anyone would say no to that?!!!! Yes it's desperate, desperate times call for desperate measures and anyone who watched the game the other night knows it's time to make a move. Lets not crap on an idea that makes all of the sense in the world because we don't want to be accused of being desperate. Let's not let our egos get in the way of progress.

..Sitz. Great point.

Travis..would it make any sense for the Jaguars to honor the Miami Hurricanes?
Or since it is about geography..For the Niners to honor the USC Trojans...same state, ton of So. Cal transplants in S.F...

The argument that we are all Floridians is hogwash... How many season ticket holders or for that matter fans that go to Phin games make the trip from Gainsville each week? 2-3 percent?

You know what's going to stunt Pounceys growth much worse than moving to RG for one season? Playing center on a line that sucks. You can't learn a lot and play well when your line mates aren't pulling their weight. And I REALLY don't want him watching what is going on around him and playing down to that level without realizing it.


He was literally playing against what you would consider 4th or 5th stringers in the NFL.

Posted by: Boardwalk | August 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM

I don't care who he played against THEN, I'm just glad he plays against Brady and twice a year NOW :)


What is it with Dolphins' beat writers? Omar's found God in the most idiotic way possible and now Armando's gone stark raving crazy. This stuff with the Gators lasts one day and isn't worth worrying about. As for the idea that having Pouncey work with a five times pro-bowler could somehow retard his development, well, that's just preposterous. Pouncey played guard for most of his career. Plug Gurode in at center, switch Pouncey to guard - and your O-line looks a lot better than it did. Sure, we need a better RT, but Carey or Murtha could do it better than the wobbling mass of jelly called Marc Colombo.

He was literally playing against what you would consider 4th or 5th stringers in the NFL.

Posted by: Boardwalk | August 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM

I don't care who he played against THEN, I'm just glad he plays against Brady and twice a year NOW :)


Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 02:42 PM


LOL, agreed
I was bummed when I heard Wake was leaving my BC Lions but ecstatic when I heard he was going to the Dolphins.

unless gurode can play RT then why bother. Moving pouncey is a bad idea. Fidn a right tackle. I think carey will get better at RG. the RT position is the problem right now

Must admit, the organization dropped the ball on this one. It's crazy to honor another in state college team right in the backyard of your own(The U). Dee deserves whatever fallout he gets over this one.

Sign Gurode, you can never have enough good oline players. Finding where to place them all is GREAT not bad problem to have.

odin, great post @ 2:03, you hit the nail on the head. What it is (and you could see it with Parcells, you can see with Ireland), these guys (the FO) actually think they're the smartest guys in the room. Not sure why (I mean, I understand Parcells, but the others).

I read a post from Omar Kelly at the Sun-Sentinel. He was talking about how he's gone head-to-head with Sparano on the oline. And everytime he criticizes that unit, Sparano gets all defensive and short with him.

This is what I've noticed time and time again. This FO bristles when ANYONE critiques them. They need to understand they've done NOTHING in the NFL. Parcells did, but he's gone now. So Ireland and Sparano need to understand they haven't won anything. Not with the Cowboys, not with the Dolphins, nowhere.

I understand if Bellicheck doesn't want criticism. He's a PROVEN winner. These jokers are proven losers. And that's the main problem. Sparano ONLY NOW sees he's been too conservative on offense? ONLY NOW sees you need to pass more to win in the AFC East? Ireland ONLY NOW sees you need more speed on the team? Where have these guys been the last decade. I could have told them that back in the Saban days.

No, these guys don't want to hear anything. They want you to shut up and accept what they do as the best possible thing the could've done. We're now seeing that's not true. Soon (as early as next year when a new FO comes in), we'll see you can do it much better, much quicker, as long as you correctly identify the problem and RESOLVE it, don't just tinker with it for 4 years.

I'll be honest, I DON'T know what the answer is to improving the line. The weakness is at RT but I'm not loving the way Carey is playing either. How do we fix this? I'm not really sure.

Maybe PART of what's helped Henne so far is the play of Pouncey. So does he regress if we go out and have a guy like Gurode play C? Maybe. So I'd be against that.

The obvious answer is find an adequate RT. Could that be Murtha? Maybe. Could it be Carey? Maybe. Seems to me they've got to try and add a RT from somewhere but where? I honestly don't know. I thought a guy like Gaither would have been good but they obviously didn't think so. All I know is that RT is a big problem and it's not going to go away unless we address it and soon...

1st.

Fix the Line. Its not desperation if you get a good player that fixes a problem. Its desperation when you pick up an aging player when you could have had a better young one.

I think right now their are at least three players you could pick up and improve the line. Ohara, Gurode, and maybe the TE from New England Crumpler. I would sighn all three and cut some of the dead wood. You need O-line depth and strenght. Would rather have those three then Carrey, Colombo, and any of the TE behind Fasano.

You probably need to address this very soon. Go Dolphins!

Oh it seems we have the money, why not use it.

As a lifelong Gator and Dolfan (and definitely not the only one) I look forward to the ceremony with baited breath. I also see why Canes fans are up in arms, and rightly so. This is technically their house too.

But, that 08-09 Gator team WON the national championship in that very same stadium. For us Gator alums, that is a Sun Life Stadium memory we cherish very dearly. I was there with my fellow gator fans, in the lower bowl, wearing a #15 jersey. I'll never forget it.

The truth is UF is the flagship public institution for the State, and a sizeable portion of us alumni live here in the State's largest metropolitan area (So Fla). Not everyone who lives here is a Canes fan. For us Gators, this really does means a lot.

Odin, I was at the game and the right side looked pathetic but I don't think it's time for media fueled knee jerking... The Bucs play a 4-3 with smaller quicker DEs than the Dolphins normally face going against a 3-4. Since most of the teams we face including NE play a 3-4, I doubt the Dolphins did a lot of game planning to slow down the 4-3.

So while I won't make excuses for how poorly Carey and Columbo played, I just don't like the knee jerk reaction.

Line play is about team work as much as anything. Jerking the line around like we have done for the past two years is not the answer. If Gurode can provide depth better than what we have fine. But we gotta go to the dance with what brough us.

But it retards Pouncey's progress as a center. It practically changes the entire dynamic of the Miami line, thus erasing whatever chemistry that line had built the past four weeks or so. The move also reeks of desperation and is a sign that suggests the team didn't get it right in moving Carey and signing Colombo in the first place.

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Armando, What's wrong with changing the dynamic of a move that is not working. Colombo is an issue, which is no surprise to yourself or anyone else. Moreover Sporano has a bad habit of emotionally being attached to players who do not play at the same level they once did.
Sporano said he watched the film on Colombo; Really, well maybe that's a larger issue.

Odinseye,

Very well said. It's like the Herald and Sentinel pigeon holing Armando and Omar into being beat writers :)

Pigeon holing and stubborness to stop what isn't working, i.e. the Wildcat, will ultimately be Sparano's falling if he doesnt change.

Go Fins!!

Do we really want to sign Gurode though? I have my doubts that he would move over the G.

And he definitely won't come cheap if the Cowboys cut him because he wouldn't restructure his contract.

CraigM, I'm with you. Yes, Gurode/Pouncey might be better than Pouncey/Carey, but is that fixing anything or shifting the problem for another year. Gurode is older than dirt, how long until he's out and now Pouncey has to go BACK to center and we're back at square 1.

FOR CHR*ST'S SAKE, can we keep a guy in the position he was drafted in, FOR ONCE?

Haven't we seen tinkering with the oline is worse than just playing with the bad oline you have? This should have been addresses at the BEGINNING of camp, not the end of Preseason.

My answer, 2 TE sets. Let Fasano go out and run routes, and keep the other joker in to help Colombo. Not ideal, but better than moving guys around EVEN MORE. I don't mind them trying Murtha out, but doubt he's the answer.

Lastly, PRAY Henne's best quality, his strength and durability, are great enough to overcome multiple sacks a game. If Henne gets knocked out, then we're on Andrew Luck watch.

Carey needs to be back at RT and Colombo just a backup. Gurode can backup as well. let Garner n Jerry play RG

These clowns make it embarassing to be a Dolphin fan.
Celebrate a guy on another team
along with celebrating a rival from the team that plays in this stadium and is from this city.
Of course as always with these clowns , they never have the testicular fortitude to admit its a bad move because that means admitting your are wrong.
People make wrong desicions sometimes
Yo know like
Akin Ayodele
Shawn Murphy
Gerbil Wilson
Jake "coconut" Grove
John Jerry
Move up for D Thomas when you could have had
Mallett with Bradshaw and Bush ??????????
CLOWN SHOES

Diggler

completely disagree

the FO at least has the balls to say they were wrong. Else those bad players would still be on the team.

And every team makes mistakes, we just don't notice them cause we're not fans of those teams.

hahaha pathetic UM is pathetic. none of you Canes actually have a degree from the university

DC,

Yeah I agree with your points. I have to be honest, I'm not certain how to fix the line, I only know what they are doing is not working. I haven't had a chance to watch the game with the Bucs yet but I'm recording it tomorrow night. So I won't say too much right now.

I have to think there are options out there at RT...maybe not Pro Bowl guys but guys who would be better than Colombo. Perhaps we could trade for one or perhaps somebody comes available. To me, Murtha, Carey and somebody else combo has to be better than we've seen from Colombo so far.

The Dolphin Management certainly embarrassed themselves on this one. In order to sell tickets they embarrass themselves by honoring the Gators, who are not the college team that plays down here. The Dolphins pushed the Canes hard to come to Sun Life then they pull this. I will be wearing my UM gear that evening and booing them the Gators big time at halftime. Hopefully we embarrass the fool that put this together

eITHER DO THE TOTHLESS IN GAINESVILLE
eVER BEEN TOOTHLESS FUEST ????
LOL

Didn't we sign another tackle this offseason from the Seahawks? I believe his name is Ray Willis. Is he not practicing well enough to warrant an opportunity to play RT or are the Dolphins just trying to maintain continuity?

I don't want to bring in anyone that moves Pouncey. Almost rather move Murtha over.

Are guys comfortable with Carey at RT? Isn't part of the reason we moved him to guard and made him take a paycut because he's not the same guy he was a few years ago? I'm not loving the prospect of Carey at RT either, sorry.

"Sparano said what he's seeing out of Marc Colombo is same stuff he saw from him in Dallas. Smart and tough.
14 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry
Omar Kelly

""You can be discoveraged about it. I'm not," Sparano on the Dolphins offensive line.
Omar Kelly

"There you have it folks. Tony Sparano's living and dying with this offensive line.
Omar Kelly

Sparano looks like he will be stubborn with Colombo

Guest, p needs to be capitalized in the word pathetic( which describes your grammar), as does the word none. You might put a period after university.
-Cane with degree from UM.:)

'Discoveraged about it'. Does he mean 'discouraged'?

Always an adventure with Tony S.....you gotta bring a Thesaurus and Dictionary to every presser with this guy.

Craig M: I don't know if that was Tony or Omar. Omar not the brightest bulb in the box either

No! Not for the Center position.

You do not move Pouncey from center! He is a Center! always will be a Center!

just move Murtha or Garner to RT. Get another backup should you need to (Ohara?)for G but as you correctly point out, RT is the problem. I would then grab a RT off someones PS as soon as season starts.

Enough with the rejects from big "D"...We drafted Pouncey so he could be our center of the future. You want to move him to guard?? Leave Pouncey at center and sign Shaun O'Hara, who can also play guard, to fill in the RG position. I don't want either Colombo or Carey at RT, so hopefully we could pick someone up to upgrade. How about trading a Merling for an established RT? Not a Pro Bowler of course but someone who could be an upgrade over the 2 stiffs we've got. Cut them both, they suck.


Odin, I was at the game and the right side looked pathetic but I don't think it's time for media fueled knee jerking... The Bucs play a 4-3 with smaller quicker DEs than the Dolphins normally face going against a 3-4. Since most of the teams we face including NE play a 3-4, I doubt the Dolphins did a lot of game planning to slow down the 4-3.

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2011 at 02:56 PM


I don't think they game planned either.

To be serious, I hate knee jerks reactions. As Grand Father always used to say: They NEVER come to NO good!

Having said that, I don't think I'm knee jerking. I DVR'd all three pre season games and have watched them repeatedly. Usually I watch each and every play AT LEAST 5 times apiece, sometimes more. I have a "retard gene" and this is one of the ways I deal with my obsessive compulsive disorder. Making positives out of negatives-it is the RULE-LOL.

Anyway, from what I see, it has nothing whatsoever to with facing 3-4's or 4-3's. I watched alot of times when they simply line up on the guy in front of them and lose the battle.

Game planning and how they react to stunts and twists are all important and I'm not dismissing it. I'm just saying, with Carey and ESPECIALLY Colombo so far, it doesn't even get to that point.

3-4's and 4-3's aside, I've seen them in alot of one on ones this pre season and their losing a ton more of the battles than their winning.

I agree with Tony in one regard: It's just good enough.


eITHER DO THE TOTHLESS IN GAINESVILLE
eVER BEEN TOOTHLESS FUEST ????
LOL

Posted by: theDiggler | August 29, 2011 at 03:08 PM


WTF? Been partying at Shapiro's house?

If you don't want to honor the Gators' accomplishments there, don't host national championships there. Fans of the U have plenty of other things to worry about.

It's funny PFT has a similar article up about what's happening in Philly with their offensive line right now. A lot of the same talk as the Dolphins. Anyone know much about Jamaal Jackson, longtime starter in Philly, who is now on the bench. This guy any good? Should we be looking at adding somebody like this to play RT. Not saying it's a great plan....just looking for answers.

They will also probably sell Tebow jerseys in the gift shop when Denver visits.

Earth to Tony Sparano. This is the 21st century, not 1985. Power running game with huge, fat out of shape monsters doesn't work anymore. You need athletic linemen who can pull and run. The name of the game is speed, not size. Get with the program for Chr***sakes! Enough with the Colombo's, Carey's and Jerry's...Cut these clowns once and for all.

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