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Is Johnson a luxury Dolphins can continue to afford?

The Larry Johnson story was nice. You know, former star turned washout realizes the terrible error of his off-field ways and, after much soul-searching, transforms himself as a person, and after tons of hard work finds a new team. And then he becomes a better player than he ever was.

Yeah, really cool stuff.

Except Johnson is still working on the script. He is obviously a different person and he has found a roster spot with the Dolphins. So far, so good. But that is pretty much where the story is meeting a Haloti Ngata-Vince Wilfork-Cullen Jenkins type gang tackle.

Johnson has not been able to recapture his 1,700-yard rusher form -- not that he's gotten much of an opportunity. He has only 2 yards on one carry this season. And with rookie Daniel Thomas getting more and more confidence and more and more healthy with each passing day, Johnson's days on the roster may be numbered.

At this point it seems Johnson's status is directly tied to the team's injury situation.

If the Dolphins need to fill a roster spot to tighten up a position lessened by injuries -- say, cornerback, for example -- Johnson's roster spot might be at stake.

If Charles Clay (hamstring) is finally healthy enough to become active, Johnson's roster spot might be at stake.

If the Dolphins feel the need to add more help at defensive line because Tony McDaniel isn't available, but they don't want to yet put McDaniel on injured reserve, Johnson's roster spot might be at stake.

Yes, his one-year deal is guaranteed. So the Dolphins are on the hook for the contract, which I assume was a split deal. But sometimes a team swallows the money and makes the moves necessary to meet its needs.

And with every passing injury, with every ounce of improvement that Clay makes, every ounce of confidence that Thomas gains, the less it seems the Dolphins will value Johnson as an insurance policy at RB.

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Thank me!

JALBANIO

Thanks, Fidel

boulder, beg to differ, but i don't want henne teaching the newbie how to work the red zone or show him how a dl bats a ball away along with firing the ball at 175 mph when the wr is 10 yds away.lol not to mention the non existant fade paxx and inconsistant long ball.but i'd let henne teach him how to hold the clip board tho.

2 WATT THE UNEMPLOYED PLAYING COACH .lol

Brandon Marshall on the drop in the red zone: “It was difficult, whenever you can’t make a play on the ball >, it’s frustrating.”

Making excuses again. This guy just doesn't get it and he never will. Great players make plays not excuses. If they miss a play they get mad at themselves and work harder so it doesn't happen again. Brandon Marshall is seriously trying to say that a pass in which no one was touching him and the ball hit him right in the hands in the end zone was a very difficult pass to catch. Unf***ingbelievable

aloco,the rodent eating pizzant.LOL

2 WATT THE UNEMPLOYED TRYING TO PRETEND HE'S A COACH ................PRICELESS IN THE DAYS OF 0-2 .

On the drop in the red zone: “It was difficult, whenever you can’t make a play on the ball no matter how difficult it is, it’s frustrating.”

This is the actual quote. And it says "no matter how difficult it is". He already made the excuse in his mind that he dropped it because it was difficult to catch. How about the screen pass that hit him right in the hands in front of his face that he dropped. Where was the degree of difficulty on that pass?

aloco,the phins season will be over by oct.LOL

aloco,jt is the new hc because spazano is clueless.LOL

2 WATT.......... THIS SEASON ALREADY OVER ..

aloco, go make ireland and spazano some of the spicey rodent burgers for lunch that u eat and ask them how r they going to fix this.LOL

2 WATT, AGREE TS IS GONE,HE WANTS OUT WITH HIS 6 MILLION ,,,,,,,,


Q........ WHY EVERY TIME JT SIGN WITH THE FINS ,THE YEAR BECOMES A FAILURE ???????

aloco,don't you think the phins can go 10-2 along the way and finish 12-4 and have a home game in the p/o's at the joe.?.LOL

2 WATT ...
RE COACHING, L AM NOW ON THE DB'S SIDE OF HIRING A NEW COACH..DB HAS A TALENT FOR FOOTBALL,HE WOULD BE A GREAT GM FOR THE FINS EVEN IF HE'S 68 YEARS OLD.

I AM

God we suck so bad!

aloco,it's because jt practices to hard and the other players don't want to practice at all
so they fold the season so that jt will go somewhere else
and then spazano can go back and take the team to
another movie like he did so they don't have to practice.LOL

2 WATT....OR TO BROADWAY TO WATCH THE PLAY (( LOMBARDI)).........................

(( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE ))

ADVICE TO TONY SPARANO- JUST PLAY FUNDAMENTAL FOOTBALL. YOU THROW TO MARSHALL, BESS AND AND BUSH. USE HARTLINE ON SPECIAL TEAMS FOR SPEED. YOU POUND WITH THOMAS AND JOHNSON. YOU PUSH PEOPLE OVER WITH FASANO. HENNE THROWS WHEN NEEDED AND MANAGES GAME WITH AUDIBLES. BASICALLY, JUST PLAY FOOTBALL HARD AND WITH DETERMINATION. LIKE SHULA USED TO SAY: "JUST GET THE JOB DONE." DO THIS AND STOP WORRYING AND YOU WILL WINS GAMES. LET'S GO PHINS! I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU TONY! GO GET'EM!

AND FOR THE DEFENSE- PLAY WITH DETERMINATION AND STOP GETTING BURNED FOR CHUNKS OF YARDS AND PLAY HARD, REAL HARD. PUT SOME F-ING EFFORT INTO THE GAME OR GIVE BACK THE PAYCHECK.

SHULA ALSO USED TO SAY " FOOTBALL TAKES SOME LUCK AND WITHOUT A QB, YOU HAVE NO LUCK."
TO CHAD HENNE- IF YOU DON'T WANT THE FINS TAKING SHULA'S ADVICE AND DRAFTING ANDREW LUCK, RISE UP NOW. CONTINUE YOUR GROWTH THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN AND BECOME THE PLAYER WE ALL KNOW YOU CAN BE. LIKE SHULA SAID- GET THE JOB DONE, CHAD! LET'S GOOOOOOOO!!!

SHULA,MY FOOT...............HE WON IN A TIME MOST TEAMS SUCKED .................


(( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE ))

ALoco you're a fool. A time when most teams sucked. Not even worth disproving your theory, it's too retarded.,

I have to uneasy deja' vu feeling ... things feel familiar to the Cam Cameron season. REALLY hope I'm wrong, and jumping the gun.
I'm pretty sure desperation, and some newly J.T. inspired players will give us a win in Cleveland. The pundits will claim we're OK now, blah blah. Then it will be the true test if we can beat S.D., and NYJ. The good teams will just keep coming.

Someone mentioned 2008 starting 0-2 & winning the division. Here's the difference:

Tom Brady didn't blow out his knee this year!

Why do Sparano & Ireland have a job? After 4 years & 2 weeks we still need a: LG, RG, RT, TE#2, CB #2, CB #3, CB #4, FS, OLB #2

Yet, we can afford to have 5 TE's?

Not to mention:

A. All the personnel blunders the last 4 years
B. The yearly clock & timeout mismanagement
C. The yearly red zone failures

Ross has to be the most loyal owner in the NFL or the dumbest!

Pretty much sumes up my feelings Joe.

I hate to think it, but could ross be thinking of selling the team else where?

JS in LA,

"I have to uneasy deja' vu feeling ... things feel familiar to the Cam Cameron season."

Somehow, the 1-15 season was a lot less stressful than this one so far!

Carlitos,
Sort of agree, dude. But how stressed were we at 0-2 then? Not very. New coach, hope for the future, blah blah. Then as the season wound down, we started realizing the mess we really were in. Then it was VERY stressful.
Right now the panic button is premature, and I'm only relating "feelings".
J.T. may be the best coach we have on the team. Scary enough. He started expressing concerns under ol' Cam too, if I recall. So.. seems familiar. Just sayin'.

FIRETONY.COM

why isnt this franchise making a coaching move.........plenty out there.......Gruden(my fav),cowher,Fisher.......are we hoping for the #1 pick.........we need to make some heads roll. Enough is enough

Theres also Bellick, He brought a championship to Baltimore.,......

What's happening at practice mando need updates.

yep phins78 your comments about marshall are perfectly describing a certain kind of person in football and generally in this country. we all know the non-pc truth

Cutting Johnson is, COMPLETELY nuts. Daniel Thomas has been healthy for one of two NFL games and last I checked, still a rookie without a track record of staying healthy until January. Reggie Bush has been in the NFL for five full years and has missed 20 of the last 64 regular season games due to various injuries and that was before a team tried to repeatedly send him between the tackles, and Charles Clay hasn't taken a hit in an NFL game yet either.

I suppose they could cut Johnson but they'd a) still have to pay him and b) have to bring in another RB at some point. They'd be much better off cutting Jerry, or Colombo who couldn't block a sled, or one of the FOUR TEs they're carrying.

A continued weakness of the Sporano-Ireland regime has been the make up of the roster. Example; they keep 4 tight ends yet let go Will Allen and it might have caused them the NE game. They let both Ricky and Ronnie go and now they have an over the hill Larry Johnson on the roster. They got Marc 'Turnstile" Colombo and never made an offer to UM great McKinney. They let go A.J. Edds a 4th rounder from last year with lots of potential and keep a special teams player in Spittier. No idea at the top.

Poizen, at this point, he might as well sell it. He's lost the fan base & he's got to be losing money. Go look at the poll on the SS. Over 55% who took the poll think the Dolphins are going nowhere.

Ross was giving extra tickets away to season ticket holders to give to friends & family. Didn't he also give away 20,000 tickets to avoid a blackout?

Sadly, about the only thing that will rejuvenate this fan base is a coaching/gm change. I don't even think a turnaround this year is enough. When fans show up, it's a clear message to ownership that things have to change.

We'll see if Ross is perceptive enough to get the message.

SONE THE GANG OF DEFEAT WILL BE ON WANTING CHINAMAN COWER AS HC,CUBENS HERE SONE TO BE JOINED BY FLIPER BREED AND THEN THE UNEMPLOYED ODENEYE, ARMANDO,CAN YOU FIND EMPLOYMENT FOR THE GANG OF DEFEAT?

All teams are seeming to have issues with the no huddle this season. Giants answer last night was to have defensive players fake injury.

Just wished our coaching staff could think outside the box. Bellichick knew far before the season with the cba shortened offseason thst "CONDITIONING" was going to be a "HUGE" issue beginning the season and adjusted accordingly with the no-huddle offense.

Now the rest of the league including us are now getting into "catchup mode". Bellichick took our defense by storm in game 1 with it.

By game 4 defenders throughout the league should be in better "game shape". Not to say the the no-huddle will then be ineffective, but it's record setting pace should be reduced somewhat. Teams will still be be challenged to get different personel on and off the field.

RITE ON QUE,FLIPER SHOWS UP,FLIPER,WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOUING ALL DAY?, YOU KNOW ITS 1:30?, HAVE YOU BEEN AT UNEMPLOYMENT TODAY GETING EXTENSION ON YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAST IS IT NOW 4 YEARS WITHOUT EMPLOYMENT?

Dont worry guys the Dolphins regime will be defeated soon just like the Rome empire. Over / under game 6?

Wow, Mando if you are calling Larry Johnson a luxary, we must be in bad shape.

I would think Adrian Peterson as luxarious. Larry Johnson has been in-out of jail has been good since 2005.

I dont know if it's the correct proceedure against the no-huddle offense, but I would try blitzing it every play.

If challenged to get your correct personel on and off the field, my resoning tells me to put as much pressure as possible on the run game and qb. You cant just sit back and get picked apart with almost zero qb pressure.

Even if the Phins were conditioned & NE did huddle, Miami wasn't stopping 'em.

Miami was outclassed on the field & in the film room.

In a division with elite teams, playing catch up & copy catting everyone else ain't gonna cut it.

Hey Mando, a quick question for you. If JT says that the fins need to practice better

Joe Schmoe

"Sadly, about the only thing that will rejuvenate this fan base is a coaching/gm change."

Given Ross' predilection for the "entertainment" aspect, a big splashy new hiring is almost a given. Not sure that the surly Cowher would count as a glamorous new beginning- even Bill "the miracle worker" Parcells was more exciting!

Sorry aparently some character you cant use.

Hey Mando,

a quick question for you. If JT says that the fins need to practice better isn't that really coaching? Is TS in charge of this team in anyway? If guys are stepping up and say that as per your article today, isn't that indicative of a bigger problem? Maybe today's the day Ross shows TS the door! One can only hope.

My 2 cents.

DB,

If the defense blitz every play, the blitzers will eventually get tired opening up a potential big play for the offense. You have to sit in base defense and thanks for saying start Chad Henne last week cause it cost me my game. I had Matt Schaub sitting on the bench lol.

The "wildcat" took the league by storm until dc's figured the perfect remedy was to just blitz it. Until dc's comeup with a viable solution the no-huddle will be a huge issue for them.

I would just blitz 6-7 guys every play and just gamble on getting to the qb often enough to not allow him to get into a comfortable rythm. If not allowed to get in rythm his throws into my one on one coverage will began to become incresingly off target.

AMAZING HO UNEDUCATED SOME OF YOU ARE,THE MISSPELLINGS PROVE THAT MOST OF YOU HAVE A JR.HIGH EDUCATION.

Getting hits and sacks on qb's eventually causes the passes he does throw to begin frequently missing the mark. The more you can began "RATTLING" the opposing qb his ability to hit a "BIG PLAY" against your defense incresingly decreases.

I'ld rather see the opposing qb hit one big play and only put 7pts on my d. Than to give him a "FREE PASS" to carve me all day for 4 tds and 28pts.

Aloco,

What's up?

Do you know how to get stains out of T-Shirts?

I woke up late and almost missed my Soaps!

Anywhoo, I got in a rush and the drippage from my beer bottle caused the Red Hot Cheetos stains on my fingers to drip onto my beater!

FLIPPER, WHATR SAY YOU ABOUT FLIP-FLOPING, ARE YOU QUILTY OR NOT?

If a defense blitzes 6-7 guys constantly, it forces the offense to go into "MAX PROTECT" or get thier qb placed on IR. Max protect means the offense has to adjust by only sending 2 recievers out in passing routes.

Everyone else has to stay and pass protect. Thier playbook becomes a little more limited and a "Smart DC" has drilled his defense on at least 5 counter plays to be on the lookout for.

ODEN, IF ITS WHITE TRY BLEACH, IT GETS OUT ALL STANES,BUT IM SURE ITS WHITE SO GO WITH BLEACH.BY THE WAY GOOD MORNING.

People need to stop looking at things in a vacuum. The totality of the situation is this is a team who's been making draft mistakes going back a decade now, and whenever they have another draft to try and climb out, they pretty much just dig deeper. This is a team of backups and 3-6 rd draft picks. That's what's been produced here the last decade.

All this talk about getting younger, stack your draft picks. Funny how we need OLD WILL ALLEN to save the secondary. Guess those youngsters really aren't all that helpful if they don't understand the NFL yet, huh?

Reshad Jones, ballhawk? Or Reshad Jones, bystander on the field? I think the latter.

This isn't something a quick fix is gonna solve. This is a problem of system. We don't have a good enough system in place on either side of the ball so that we can just throw any rookie into it and they take to it like a fish to water. We've B.S.'d the last decade with B.S. Coaches, B.S. GM's drafting B.S. talent with absolutely no rhyme or reason for anything we're doing.

Then, when a team comes in with a system, it's totally wrong for the times. Prototypical olineman, Marc Colombo? Yeah, serious? Pats come in with a lineman older than Sparano that the Dolphins balked at and a backup center and they hold off our top group on our team (dline) like a police line.

I shouldn't be surprised. I knew the lockout would slow down Daboll's system, and I didn't think Nolan would start getting Henning-itis on us. All of a sudden, it's the offense getting aggressive and the defense sitting back on their laurels. Just like the Dolphins, when one side says up, the other says down, and vice versa.

We're NEVER on the same page. The players NEVER step up together at the same time, and the Coaches NEVER own up to their shortcomings and make necessary changes immediately.

What else is new in Mediocrity-town.

By 4th-5th game of the season Im looking for the light to begin coming on for league DC"s and they'll figure out they need to dictate to the no-huddle offense instead of allowing them to dictate to them.

That's what's missing so far this young season. Constant blitzing is gambling but it does dictate to the offense how many recievers they can send out into pass patterns.

There maybe games the offense could get 1-2 big play scores, but the defense will win a lot of those battles too. Its far better than sitting back looking helpless. As most defenses including us are now looking against the no-huddle.

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