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Off day take from the Dolphins offense, defense

The Dolphins worked on Labor Day. The players are off today.

When the team reconvenes on Wednesday, it will begin in earnest the final preparations for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener against the New England Patriots. (Yeah, get your tickets now because they are going fast.)

I do not believe, as some pundits insist, that this game will be a blowout. Yes, the Patriots were seven games better than Miami a season ago. Yes, the Patriots swept the Dolphins in their two games and won by a combined score of 79-21.

But this is a new season. These are new teams. New results?

Perhaps. The Dolphins are hopeful. I am hopeful for them.

Obviously, the Patriots will get the first fully unvarnished view of what the new Dolphins offense looks like with new star running back Reggie Bush. They will also get the first look at Miami's upgraded and deeper defense.

Bush brings a speed factor the Patriots haven't seen from a Miami team recently. Hey, now Miami is going to have more than one playmaker on the field at the same time versus New England.

But the Patriots will present a problem. You know what has Bush's attention?

Think beef -- as in enormous New England defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth. Check out what Bush says about them and then check in with the other side of the ball below that.

Bush:

On defense, the elder statesman is Yeremiah Bell. He's been around since 2003 and he's seen a lot of players come and go.

He believes this year's crop of players is different than last year's because the swag quotient on this team is much higher. He sees a different attitude on this team he didn't see last year.

Bell explains:

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So ah, you missed my point altogether?

Did you hear a whooshing sound as it went over your head?

Let me ask yo.........awwwwwww NEVR MIND!!!!


Posted by: odinseye | September 06, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Typical Oder reply, He's getting more arrorgant as the day wears on,Amazing he's awake, Must have a killer hangover with the booze and Morphine.
Also Oder that's great Parenting going out hunting while High on Morphine with your kid.
Amazing.

people still wanting change at the coaching position and in the FO when that's exactly the reason why there has been no consistency with this team for years- too many changes at HC and in the FO. in order to build consistency you need to continue to allow these people to do their jobs. there is definite improvement. is there room for more? sure. but, they are moving in the right direction. gotta stay positive about the situation. calling for heads is a little erratic at this time. with a new oc and some new players it may take some time for the team to put it together but we should be able to see more consistency before being too far into the season. barring major injuries to key players this team is every bit as talented as a lot of the better teams in the league.

Only problem I see with Gates blowing the top off the coverage is this:

Henne can't connect with his speed.

All the feedback I've heard from people attending the open practices is Henne cannot connect with Gates...he UNDER throws almost every attempt.

Henne needs to fix this ASAP or what good is it to have speed if you cannot connect with it?

Actually, Gladiator was the worst I've seen Russell Crowe act.

The way some of you suggest things its like you think the entire FO is completely brain dead. You can bet they thought of everything ever suggested here and 100 times more.

NH,
henne was overthrowing the ball when he didn't make the connections with receivers in the preseason but he did make a nice connection with marshall against tampa. henne can make the throws and be accurate. i won't be worrying too much about that. my biggest concern will be the rushing offense.

people still wanting change at the coaching position and in the FO when that's exactly the reason why there has been no consistency with this team for years- too many changes at HC and in the FO. in order to build consistency you need to continue to allow these people to do their jobs. ed as a lot of the better teams in the league.

Posted by: dm1dolphan | September 06, 2011 at 12:50 PM

So you are saying we should have kept Wanny longer, Cam longer? Should we give this FO 20 years? Tell us, please.

Not sure about Henne connecting on deep passes. I think that's a Natural thing.

Hi Fin4life, there is no way we show our cards like that with gates during preseason or practices open to the media..but you better believe they worked on gates deep and more during private practices..at least they better have or we will be just as bad as we were last year...I mean the last 10 years lol

C63-AMG | September 06, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Agreed, no doubt I hope and expect to see a healthy dose (Gates running fly patterns) on Monday night to freeze the Safties and force at least the FS to have to play deep giving not only Bush but our best route runner Bess some room underneath. All of it benefiting Marshall but it will come down to Henne and his ability to execute the O. so here`s to Chad getting his shot right out of the gate to silence some critics!!

dm1...agree, the rushing game is key.
If Bush cannot set the tempo early with some nice runs between the tackles, then Henne will be forced to pass more than planned...which we all know equals a higher chance of an INT.

DM, That's my concern too,With Wilfork and Haynesworth playing look for some east to west running, And Bush does that great, I see a lot of pitchouts to him (Ala Collage Ball)Could be the way to strech the field IMHO.

Pitch outs could be risky though.

Actually, Gladiator was the worst I've seen Russell Crowe act.

oscar canosa | September 06, 2011 at 12:52 PM

LOL!! Always thought his Acadamy award for Gladiator was a consolation prize for having been robbed of one for THE INSIDER were he plays the big tabacco wistle blower

more concerned about the houston game. I've written off NE game already, but it'd be tough to open the season 0-2.

Like someone once said "With Risks, comes rewards", Though I dont think this indivdule played football.

Yes, C63-fin4, yes! By the way, AMG, either that's a very strange nick you posted here, or I don't understand it.

Hey...here's a thought:
Maybe one of our DB's can actually hold onto an INT this time.
Turnovers are always the most important stat in any NFL game.
We all know what happened last year where we had what, 5-6 sure INT's that could have sealed the victory....Cleveland game comes to mind.

NH, Great Point.

In The Insider he was Great, fin4.

Is there something in the water that makes everyone lose their memory? There isn't a point being made here that hasn't been made 10,000 times already and everyone continues to say great point as though it was a new idea.

There is no evidence at this moment that we can run the ball on NE.

Only problem I see with Gates blowing the top off the coverage is this:

Henne can't connect with his speed.

All the feedback I've heard from people attending the open practices is Henne cannot connect with Gates...he UNDER throws almost every attempt.

Henne needs to fix this ASAP or what good is it to have speed if you cannot connect with it?

NHFINSFAN | September 06, 2011 at 12:50 PM

He needs to let the ball go sooner and trust Gates speed to run under it, very correctable. The one time I saw him throw it up for Gates Vs. Atl. it seemed he held the ball forever then threw up a prayer with two Atl. DB`s in the area. He needs to trust him as the primary option and as soon as he`s back in his drop let it rip. Henne played in College with Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston and Mario Manningham as his WR`s so he can get it down field to speed. I just would like to see him get back and let it rip giving Gates a shot at running under it. The way Aikman did with Deion in there 96 SB run because Gates has that type of speed.

There is also no evidence at this moment that we can't run the ball on NE.

Yes, C63-fin4, yes! By the way, AMG, either that's a very strange nick you posted here, or I don't understand it.

oscar canosa | September 06, 2011 at 01:02 PM


?? Don`t get what you meen here oscar??

Oscar, If they cant run the ball this game is alreaddy over, But I got a feeling Bush can do it. If not this game might be over by half Time, Leaving Henne to win this game is a sure way to Lose.IMHO

Henne is slow to react, often throws late. Can he change that?

Sure, Boardwalk, we will try to run against them, but don't take too long to find out it doesn't work. We MUST break on top in thia Game.

it was all marshall on the td and zero henne. 1 long ball connection all of tc and p/s. 1!

CLEO Lemon was released by the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL today.

Dolphins beat the Pats by 4. 21 17

Hey...here's a thought:
Maybe one of our DB's can actually hold onto an INT this time.
Turnovers are always the most important stat in any NFL game.
We all know what happened last year where we had what, 5-6 sure INT's that could have sealed the victory....Cleveland game comes to mind.

NHFINSFAN | September 06, 2011 at 01:03 PM

Great point, the Baltimore game were Sean Smith drops a sure pick six is another one were a missed opportunity could have netted a win.

PREGAME MEALS FOR DOLPINS GAME MODAY NIGHTT
BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE,SERVED WITH ACORN SOUP,WITH A TWIST OF JASON TALYER DESSERT.

has smith learned how to catch yet?

he doesn't drop his phone when he is tweeting that's 4 sure.lol

Is there something in the water that makes everyone lose their memory? There isn't a point being made here that hasn't been made 10,000 times already and everyone continues to say great point as though it was a new idea.

Scary | September 06, 2011 at 01:08 PM

We`ve been talking about the ways to beat the Pats before the end of the Pre-Season and the roster were set?? When was that?? I missed it! My recollection was that we were talking the good and the bad during the dress rehersal.

LMAOROTF At Aloco, Aloco, Does the "Acorn soup" contain MSG?

Oscar, C63-AMG is a Mercedes, small four door sport sedan modified by Mercedes tuning arm AMG. As for the NE game on Monday night, the Fins have a legitimate shot to win. Running against NE's defense will be difficult and I hope the Fins come out throwing, deep routes, across the middle, screens, passing all over the field. As Henne goes, the Fins go on Monday night. Just my opinion.

I am hoping for a fins win but it will be difficult , we should be able to slow them down, and it will come down to if the O line can hold up and if Henne plays well 2 big ifs, I think henne could have a big game but there are problems on the O line maybe they should consider rolling out more or the rolling pocket perhaps, put 28 on the board and I think we are looking at a fins win!

Aloco,

LMFAO, What the hecks in an ACORN Soup or JT dessert anyway?? Hopefully not dirty uniforms from Bess and Wake in that Soup, eeeeeeew!

Fin, Smith dropped an int that cost us a win vs. Baltimore? Miami lost that game by 16 points. Perhaps the other 9 points evaporated?

POST GAME WILL FEATURE MALOX BY THE BOTTLE.

The Ghost of Delvin Williams | September 06, 2011 at 01:37 PM

There was a RB people forget who took over for Csonka and played real well for us!

JT DESSERT IS TOPPED WITH AMANDO JUICE.

Henne seems to do fine with passes in the 10-30 yd range.
Once the pass goes 40+ yds his accuracy drops like a rock.
If you watch the elite QB's like Brady, Rodgers & Rivers...they can FEEL the pressure on the backside or SENSE the pocket is about to collapse.
Then, step up and send a bullet down field to a streaking WR.
Henne's accuracy when flushed from the pocket is a concern and hope his new weapons are able to sense when he's in trouble and create space to help him out.

IT would really be nice to wax the pats on monday night. Make them 0-1. And here all there ESPN fans cry all night and making up excuses for them. Am I reaching here??

scott,henne doesn't move.

HENE WILL BE RUNING LIKE ODIN TO THE STORE TO BUY MORE LIQOUR.

actually there is a way to win the pats game. its as simple as "playing to win". last year with sparano we played "not to lose the game" and got blasted 79-17. players follow the coaches lead;last year we played tight. this year,if we play fast, on instincts and "to win",we have a good chance. if we handcuff ourselves,we have no chance.

Fin, Smith dropped an int that cost us a win vs. Baltimore? Miami lost that game by 16 points. Perhaps the other 9 points evaporated?

FedUp! | September 06, 2011 at 01:40 PM

We were still in that game down by a score when Smith drops that sure pick six, the Ravens would score the back breaking TD on that drive if I remember correctly. Think about it this way it was not only a dropped pick six but it also leads to a Raven score, so a 14 point swing and the Fins fold, could have been different had Smth scored.

FIN4LEFE,WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR LUNCH TODAY?

Aloco is just to funny, Like Soiled Bottom., I wonder if????, Nahhhhh.

Also Oder that's great Parenting going out hunting while High on Morphine with your kid.
Amazing.


Posted by: Just the facts. | September 06, 2011 at 12:50 PM


Meth Head learn how to read. Just because your drug induced stupidity contributes to your overall general ignorance, you can still read can't you.

OR, God forbid, are you just making things up?

NO WAY, not Armando's paid Blog Hit Troll, he wouldn't do that-LOL.

The Goose Hunting trip is NEXT weekend, ya know, like I spelled out in my post. You don't think people see and pretty much ignore you, all your names and the way you ignorantly make things up?

Your not even an after thought here, just a nuisance really. Like a bad case of genital warts. In short, pathetic.

But ah, you go Bu-oy, keep racking up those blog hits.

PS: Don't forget to charge up the hover-round, you wouldn't want to be stranded when it's time to score some more Meth.

Buh Bye Tweak!!!!

Too many new pieces on offense with a short offseason to hope for much against the Pats in game 1. I think we'll look better than the last time we played them. Still sticking with my prediction of a minimum of 10 wins this season. An extra W on Sept 12 would be sweet.

School starts tommorrow, so I'm taking my 15 year old out for some last minute target shooting.

Taking him on his first Goose Hunting Outing next weekend!

Shooting the shyt out of something should off set the Morphine quite well!

ValHalla!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | September 05, 2011 at 06:18 PM

Hey Buffoon, Your post not mine.

If you watch the elite QB's like Brady, Rodgers & Rivers...they can FEEL the pressure on the backside or SENSE the pocket is about to collapse.
Then, step up and send a bullet down field to a streaking WR.
Henne's accuracy when flushed from the pocket is a concern and hope his new weapons are able to sense when he's in trouble and create space to help him out.

NHFINSFAN | September 06, 2011 at 01:42 PM

Didn`t seem to be a problem in 09 when he hit Ginn streakng past Reevis were he`s on his 45 more or less and drops it into Ginn inside the 10, well over 40 yards on Monday night. I know it`s one play but I got the feeing that in our O the deep pass was the last option just seemed every time he put one up there was down and distance with the thinking that if it hit great and if picked it was like a punt. I saw some Henne games in College and trust me go ask Edwards or Breaston if Henne can`t air it out. I get what your saying 100% and am not disputing what you posted (VERY dead on) nor making excuses just feel those issues correctable and being more about what he was Coached to do for 3 years as opposed to what he can accomplish with his arm for me it`s his decision making that needs to improve, JMHO

There isn't a point being made here that hasn't been made 10,000 times already and everyone continues to say great point as though it was a new idea.

Posted by: Scary | September 06, 20


Great point, except somebody else made the same exact point a few days ago!

FIN4LEFE,WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR LUNCH TODAY?

ALoco | September 06, 2011 at 01:48 PM

Tender terloin pieces stewed with carrots and potato, white rice and a salad

Correct greg z., actually, that's the ONLY way we win. As explosive as our offensive seemed this Preseason, there's no way we can put up the points the Pats consistently have. So we need to play to win, take every chance available, make every TD (don't settle for a FG) and keep Brady off-balance.

But I'm not as concerned as some people here. Other than the last year or 2, we've been pretty good against the Pats (it's the Bills we've had trouble with). I definitely see a path to victory.

But the problem will arise, if we lose Monday, we DEFINITELY can't lose next week, because that will start the home field slide that will destroy the confidence of this team and the excitement of the fans.

So, no, this one game isn't the end-all be-all. But this game + a loss against Houston will cause Sparano to walk very lightly around Mr. Ross' office. I still say best bet is to let Tony finish out the season (unless we go 1-7, 2-6), but starting 0-2 at home after a 1-7 home record last year will not sit well with Miami ticketholders (or possible ticket buyers).

Odin, Are you really going hunting on Morphine?, LOL.Id Leave my kid at home though.

The recipe for a good first game is quite simple:

Get a rush WITHOUT blitzing.

If we have to blitz, it will be a long night & the O will likely need to score 30 points to have a shot.

I hope Nolan, Taylor & Wake bring their A game.

I did some fly fishing on acid one time,But to have a gun while on Morphine?, Not sure about that one Odin.

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