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Tuesday afternoon buffet of knowledge

I suppose your questions surrounding Larry Johnson include wanting to know why him and not Ricky Williams or Ronnie Brown. Fair.

It seems the Dolphins view Johnson much differently than either Ricky or Ronnie. They were starter types for Miami. Johnson is merely a backup addition.

"Yeah I think a different set of circumstances at that time," coach Tony Sparano said. "You know, I mean really different. I don’t think we’re really talking about the same situation right now. This is something three weeks into training camp here or whatever it is, four weeks into training camp and we’re making a decision to do and again Reggie Bush is going to be the first runner out the gate here. I mean he’s going to be the starting running back. That’s what we’re doing so this is a different deal here, different role totally."

That doesn't mean Johnson won't be allowed to rise to the importance of a Ricky or Ronnie, but that's not the situation right now.

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Jake Long continues to practice and work with the first team offense. But the Dolphins are still not certain whether or not he will play Saturday night against Tampa Bay, according to Sparano.

"I haven’t made that decision yet," coach said. "Not positive right now. If I had to make the decision today…probably not. But I don’t have to make the decision today."

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I am not a football coach nor do I pretend to be one. I don't watch film. I don't grade it. I don't pretend to know about teaching technique. Basically, I'm a dummy. Basically, I'm a fat dummy.

But I talk to people who know their stuff and they share becaue they apparently feel sorry for me.

That is why on the topic of coin tosses and the decision that comes with it, I can tell you most NFL coaches will absolutely defer if they have the opportunity this season.

Simply, the new kickoff rules has turned getting the ball first into something of a bad idea. Teams have the choice of taking the ball first and getting it either on the 20-yard line (after a predictable touchback) or in somewhat poor field position based on the kickoff from the 35.

Assuming you have a solid defense and can stop the opponent on downs the first series, that potentially means the team that received the football could be kicking from the 20 and definitely from inside their 30.

That suggests that the punt returner might field the ball around his 25 yard line or likely much better than that. Even a modest return can place the ball at the 35 yard line.

That's 15 yards of field position the first series has already won for the deferring team without it even taking its first offensive snap. Yes, it's unseen yardage, but coaches love that kind of stuff.

I asked Sparano today why any coach would decide to receive rather than kick.

" I think that most times most people would probably not want to do that,” he confirmed.

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The Dolphins play Saturday at Tampa Bay. And this is the third preseason game. So does that mean starters will venture into halftime and come out again in the third quarter?

“Well we will see how far we take them," Sparano said. "I'd like to reheat them again at halftime and bring them into the third quarter, yes … see how we do. If it was a situation where one side just played a staggering number of plays, which we certainly hope isn’t our defense, then I might reconsider that.

"Last week the offense played 55 or so I think in the first half of the game, we’ll see how that goes. I’d like to bring them back and get them heated up again which puts a lot of people in situations right now where maybe they wouldn’t play as much in this game. It makes practice right now important."

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Larry Johnson isn't expected to be "the man," as Sparano said today. But he is expected to run like a man. And he intends to do just that -- bruising, banging, battering.

“I mean, it’s only too few guys that have their own character, their own way of doing things," he said. "Hopefully, I bring a little bit more old school toughness that I already had in Kansas City. Hopefully, that will give some of the younger guys who don’t really have experience running certain plays, kind of insights on the plays that worked for me, which is the same plays that they run here, the same plays that worked for me in Kansas City. It will be a good thing as far as knowledge to give to some of the younger guys."

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It's clear,They F@cked it up.., Just saying

second!....but who cares right??

I'm beginning to think the major problem with this team is Ireland. Why then did we pick Daniels when we could of had a Mallet.

Hey hohum I hear ya. I don't care if he smoked, so do I. But I didn't sign a multi year multi million dollar contract with a team knowing full well that in that contract I was forbidden to smoke pot. If I had I would quit smoking in a nano second. He quit on his teammates, he failed numerous drug tests, he has about ten kids with 4 to 6 different women, he lived in a tent, then came back to football because he was broke all the while preaching about harmony and peace within the soul. In my book the SCREAMS flake.

We believe that Larry Johnson will raise the character of this team significantly. After all, every woman needs a good beating every now and then.

NO ARMANDO;I NEED HOME!IS THERE MORE EARTHQUAKES COMING?THEY SAID ON THE NEWS THE WHITEHOUSE,CAPITOL AND PENTAGON WERE EVACUATED,AND THIS IS THE LARGEST THERE SINCE 1897.WHAT IS GOING ON?HOME IS THE HURRICANE GOING TO HIT WALLSTREET?WHY IS GOLD SO HIGH?IS THE DOLLAR GOING TO BE WORTHLESS?IS THIS THE END?

Lou, Screams "Scumbag" To me.

Any chance we can sign Charlie Sheen to play running back?

I guess I'm third, however who really cares, perhaps he will help the running game, give it time and we will know the answer. Bill

“I mean, it’s only too few guys that have their own character, their own way of doing things," he said. "Hopefully, I bring a little bit more old school toughness that I already had in Kansas City. Hopefully, that will give some of the younger guys who don’t really have experience running certain plays, kind of insights on the plays that worked for me, which is the same plays that they run here, the same plays that worked for me in Kansas City. It will be a good thing as far as knowledge to give to some of the younger guys."

This paragraph is very telling, did you guys catch that? It sounds like the Dolphins have already told Larry that they expect him to be somewhat of a player coach much like JT. And seeing how Thomas has been tentative on runs inside this makes perfect sense. Larry was never shy so hopefully Thomas will learn something from him.

I like this pick up ( Larry Johnson ).This guy can"t wait to prove it.

Funny how the guy on TV here(A Afro-American)Said "PeopleS need to Be EJACTULATED fROM DIS AREA" Please learn to speak English.LOL At Afro-Americans.

All I can say is this is a total disgrace, and we as "dolfans" have seen many through the years but REALLY? Lary Johnson?? Are you fu%&ing me?? We couldn't keep a 29 year old Ronnie Brown on the roster but go out and sign this 31 year old done nothing piece of crap?? REALLY?? BEAT IT IRELAND!!!!!!

WHAT DOES LARRY JOHNSON KNOW ABOUT HAARPY EARTHQUAKES,THE NEW WORLD ORDER OP HURRICANES BEING STEERED?IS THERE MORE EARTHQUAKES COMING,IF SO WHERE AND WHEN?HOME PLEASE RESPOND!

Lou, I usually comment with only a line or two. But since you insulted me in the last blog, I'll spell it out so even you can understand it.

There were at least 2 players who by the way, didn't have a lot to lose either way, had something to say about Sparano's coaching 'techniques'. I believe the term was micro managing.

As a manager of over 30 years, I can tell you, it's a rookie mistake.You deligate responsiblity and if it doesn't get done, you fire your help. That's just the way it goes.

"I am not a football coach nor do I pretend to be one. I don't watch film. I don't grade it. I don't pretend to know about teaching technique. Basically, I'm a dummy. Basically, I'm a fat dummy.

But I talk to people who know their stuff and they share becaue they apparently feel sorry for me."

Mando, you forgot to mention you read posts from knowledgeable posters like me. Look, not trying to toot my own horn but I've won or come in 2nd in 3 of my last 4 fantasy league years.

Also, I've been in an earthquake, which gives me some insight many don't have a chance to experience. What you say, you've been in a car crash and....STOP RIGHT THERE! Have you been in an earthquake? No, then I don't think you have a right to dispute my knowledge.

FP4, that was for you, and the Vince Vaughn fans from Couples Retreat.

I think they are kicking the wheels on Barry Sanders, he retired early his legs must be fresh!

Oh, he means Thomas is not ready for the Big Show and Hilliard is a backup? We knew that.

Guys, Dont give credance to old players Helping younger guys.., Would you help someone trying to take your jobs?, If you do, your a Idiot.

It's a shame we play Tampa next and not the Cowboys. That would have been a good gauge.

DC Dolfan, he must have read the posts from this morning in which a bunch of us said Johnson is a backup who would run for tough yards and be a backup. How Johnson is not a starter like Ricky or Ronnie. That was till some of the trolls came in with there so called opinions. READ IT AGAIN Anybody who thought Johnson was bought on as the main guy or starter really knows very little about this team!

It's a never ending cycle with you people, isn't it? If we would have drafted Brady Quinn, we wouldn't have had to draft Matt Ryan, but because we got Ted Ginn instead, let's chase him off, while clamoring for Matt Ryan. If we would have drafted Matt Ryan, we wouldn't have had to draft Ryan Mallett, but we drafted Long, and Henne instead, so let's Chase them off (I have read at least one moron talking about how crappy the leagues' best OT is, as well as all the Henne hate), and draft Ryan Mallett. If we had drafted Ryan Mallett, we wouldn't need to draft Andrew Luck, but since we drafted Thomas instead, let's run him off, and draft Andrew Luck. WHERE WILL IT END?

Had we not chased Ginn off, we would have had a deep threat to put on the other side of Brandon Marshall last year, and teams wouldn't have been able to stack the box so hard. This would have made the running game better, and given Henne a better shot at being decent enough that you wouldn't be calling for his head now. Put Ginn in the role he should have always been in, and he may have been the guy streaking past Revis more than the guy dropping balls in Indy. Stop blaming players for who they are not. Give them the chance to be the best they can be.

All things equal, I'f they were going to sign an older guy, I would of brought in Clinton Portis. I think he has a little bit more left in the tank, and could really share some knowledge with the other guys. But, yea, really starting to think the problem more then anything with this team is Ireland...

LOL At DC, Are you OK???, Strange feeling when the earth shakes huh??Makes you wonder about Mother Nature.

Maybe, Hilliard is on the Bubble.

FP4, it's probably a little embarrassing asking a people to learn to speak proper English, when you can't even write proper English. "A Afro-American," sound right to you? If it does, you need to go back to grammar school. Once there you'll learn that you use "an" before a word that follows that's a vowel, such as, "An Englishman," or, "An Italian." Got it?

Also, you're a little outdated. Nowadays, the correct terminology is, An AFRICAN-American." You must be the guy that still uses "Oriental" instead of "Asian." Welcome to 2011, time to update your ethnic word usage.

Probably Hilliard is a bad backup.

DC, My Bad, Thanks for the correction...

They prefer power backs.

With speed.

bobby, that's what I thought when I read it. Yeah, Johnson isn't getting 20 touches, no one needs to worry.

FP, I'm good. Not as experienced as you in the art of earthquake evacuations. Actually, hope never to be, just like I hope you don't wear your jersey and go to the games in Oakland or San Fran. Your people over there are pretty crazy. Can't we all just get along?

DC, Sorry Stuck in the 70s.

It's all good FP, just bustin' your chops.

With that fellas, I'm out. Gonna test the waters on the highway.

Here's to Henne playing well Saturday, showing he can have back-to-back good games. I think he can do it now (with Daboll's better system).

Catch y'all tomorrow.

LOL At C, Yeah, Its crazy, Getting beat up for wearing a Jersey., Are we declineing to Soccer fans in England?, It's just sad.

So, what do you call a Oreintal rug these days? Wait I know, it's an Asian rug, right? Much like Murder on the Asian Express.

These PC people are really too much. A wonder that you don't prefer soccer...LMAO

Later DC, "Keep the chicks shaking and the ground a quicking"......

I am surprised at how little knowledge Football reporters have. Don't give opinions, only report. If you want to give opinions do it through a Coach's perspective.

I can't wait till next year when we have a real coach and a real GM.

Oscar, Bobby Loves the fins unconditionally, With that being said anything he feels is a insult to the fins is a insult to him.,I would hate to find out if you insulted a family member what he'd be capable of.Just saying.

That's right sad, that's how I move up in work and make more money and advance. Now go change your screen name again you phony fan

We want NO interference in our daiky life in our Real World.

Trying to put into words what this signing means.
Anybody care to give it a try?

You do it, you go to Jail.

And this conversation has nothing to do with disagreeing. It has to do with someone being so dumb that they would actually come here and state that Larry Johnson will be the starter. There is a difference between having a difference of opinion and just being plain stoopid. Also, any so called fan who comes on here and wants the Fins to fail, or say they will be 2-14 are exactly what I call them TROLLS. your not a FAN if you wish your team fails. Have a great evening.

Ah, yes, Billy. Someone had to post the obligatory "I'm waiting until next year before this year even happens." Why can't you people seem to get that sports are around for our enjoyment, not our mental, and emotional well being? Enjoy the games. Boo for the bad stuff. Cheer for the good stuff. I am looking forward to next year too, difference is, I am looking forward to Saturday as well. I am looking forward to EVERY game, no matter who coaches them, or plays for them. I LOVE DOLPHINS FOOTBALL! I don't have to qualify that with who the owner, GM, Coaching staff, or players are. I love them when they are winning, or losing. When they make good moves, and bad ones. Look forward to today, for there may not be a tomorrow.

Bobby, I Hope they go 10 or 11 wins this season.

Larry johnson is going to take up a roster spot just like RW would have, so why not have RW as a back-up type instead?

Who cares about Johnson, he's going to be a back up, or maybe get cut. Please the sky is falling number 150.


Why can't Sparano speak correctly? He uses most of the right words but he gets them in the wrong order. When I read his quotes I can't understand what he's said.

Is this not a little bit odd? Hopefully he communicates with the team more effectively than he does with the press...

RW is not a power runner.

Tree...did you forget Ginn couldn't catch.. How the heck can you consider him a downfield threat if the man cant catch?? You might say speed...BS, what team just throws a track star on the other side of a starting WR and just have him run fly's down the side. You have to be legit to be a number two WR, Ginn couldn't catch..so I see no possible way how you came to that conclusion...

Killa, Tedd Sometimes caught the ball, but went into the Fetal position after the catch,Or would make a bee-line to the sideline.He did'nt have "Testicular" Fortitude.

Also I don't get the thinking of our FO, on how they evaluate talent and then decide whom they would sign over someone else. It's contradicting because they want to shy away from troubled players yet they continue to sign non fan favorite had beens.

No doubt, i hated Ginn, he had nothing down there but a big vertical smile...

Too many changes too fast, too much instability on this team. Every week too many positions are changing. That spells 6-10 and bye bye this FO.

HOME;WILL THE NEW EARTHQUAKES CRIPLLE NEW YORK STOCK MARKETS AND NEW YORK JETS?

I know Billy Richter same thing hope it cowher are new coach next year.

Hilliard hasn't been practicing. Injured?


Killa, Tedd Sometimes caught the ball, but went into the Fetal position after the catch,Or would make a bee-line to the sideline.He did'nt have "Testicular" Fortitude.

Posted by: FP4FGs | August 23, 2011 at 07:28 PM


Golly Gee Mr. Wilson, where have we all heard the phrase Ted "No Testicular Fortitude" Ginn before?

**Troll Alert**

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No wait, maybe I'm wrong? Maybe FP4FGs is just stealing the Cuban Menaces material?

-Troll Police-

henne had good games and that's all it was. come on if chase daniels can throw a 60 yard strike right on the money and henne continues to overthrow his wr by 5 yards what does that tell you? he still sucks, don't worry come week 1 he will show his true colors!

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