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It's an upside down world some days for the Miami Dolphins

The world is upside down. Bill Belichick's team wins and he talks about how much they need to improve. Tony Sparano's team loses and he talks about how some players -- Jared Odrick, Mike Pouncey, Reshad Jones, Chad Henne -- played well.

The world is upside down. The Dolphins for three years (2008-2010) built a roster made to run the football and now they're throwing on fourth-and-goal from two feet out.

The world is upside down: The Dolphins cut fullback Lousaka Polite because the fullback position apparently is an endangered species thus not necessary on this roster. And then they have to enlist nose tackle Paul Soliai to line up at fullback on the goal line.

The world is upside down: Soliai weighs 355 pounds, which is about what a sturdy American couple weighs. And yet on his one grand attempt to play fullback he moves tentatively. He doesn't really block anyone. He doesn't really create any space. He doesn't really use all that bulk to be at all physical.

The world is upside down: The Dolphins have experienced, accomplished Larry Johnson on the sideline but he does not see one play in a game while inexperienced Lex Hilliard, who is a fine special teams player but hardly an accomplished runner, gets the rushing attempt into the end zone ... and fails.

The world is upside down: The Dolphins have spent a total of $64 million for their inside linebacker duo of Karlos Dansby ($43 million) and Kevin Burnett ($21 million) but the pair combined for eight tackles. That is one tackle less than strong safety Yeremiah Bell had against the Patriots. That is four fewer tackles than Jones had in the game.

The world is upside down. When a free safety has 12 tackles, that's a bad thing, not a good thing.

The world is upside down. The Dolphins are supposed to have one of the better Front 7 in the NFL. That fine front faced a New England offensive line whose center broke an ankle. They faced an offensive line with a rookie who moved from left tackle to right tackle for the game. The fine front faced a strategy that had that rookie, Nate Solder, working one-on-one against Miami's best pass rusher Cam Wake. And yet in 48 pass rushes Monday night, against what seemed to be a patchwork offensive line, the Dolphins managed only one sack.

The world is upside down. the Dolphins have gone 20 games, dating back to December 13, 2009, since they've had a 100-yard rusher. Their starting running back, Reggie Bush, has one NFL 100-yard rushing game. And we expect this to be a coming habit? 

The world is upside down. The Dolphins are on to Houston, as coach Tony Sparano said. They don't want to talk about New England. Except that the Dolphins do not allow their assistant coaches to speak after games until the following Thursday. So today, when defensive coordinator gets asked about the New England game, is he going to do the right thing and answer for the performance? Or is he going to change the subject to Houston?

Hopefully, he does the right thing. Hopefully, the world can tilt back on its axis.

 

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If they were fired tomorrow, can anyone honestly say another team would be interested?

The coaches you mean? Pats would pick 'em up for the rematch then kick 'em to the curb.

I stand by what I said about the Fins fans. Sure, fans in Philly & New York (for instance) are also ridiculously melodramatic, but attend a home game in one of those cities, compare to a home game in Miami, and you'll see the one *glaring* difference between us and them.

In all liklyhood this could be a farce, but has anyone considered the pick-up of Edds a week before the game as a possible inside man to Miami's defensive schemes and game plans. It sure did seem they knew when we attempted to make personel changes and always seemed one step ahead of everything we attempted to do. Not saying Edds was an omnipotent defensive guru, but he was with the team for two years and was learning how to call the defense schemes as a middle linebacker....food for thought

We are a pass first team now...I thought that is what you guys wanted?

Was I the only one who noticed that wake was being held on just about every play... pretty sure you not aloud to hook you hand inside a someones pads. I know this Incognito was called on it but NE rookie got away with it

Was I the only one who noticed that wake was being held on just about every play... pretty sure your not aloud to hook you hand inside a someones pads. I know this Incognito was called on it but NE rookie got away with it

right on mando! the world is upside down. you predicted we would win. what were u thinking? schmuck!

Let's just all enjoy the next few games then panick....

We ONE freaking game into the season!

dolfanray90 said:


"Was I the only one who noticed that wake was being held on just about every play... pretty sure you not aloud to hook you hand inside a someones pads. I know this Incognito was called on it but NE rookie got away with it"

No, ray, u weren't. I never believed the "Brady Rules" conspiracy theory, but Wake was being held by Solder on every rush I saw and I was really watching those network replays. Incognito's call was no worse than Solder's every play hold.


Coach Sparano, if he isn't actually doing it already, should be submarining Steve Ross for all that went down. Would you give your all to a boss that made it clear you were no longer wanted in the organization? The Dolphins have had ZERO consistency, except inconsistency, over the past 3 years.

For those saying, "It was only the first game of the season"...well, you can continue to be losers with a losing attitude. It was the first game of the season, TELEVISED NATIONALLY, against A DIVISION RIVAL.
When you look at the performance, it was not good enough. And stop using the CRUTCH of "It was Brady and company." If the team had the balls, the talent and the coaching, they would have gone out there with a real chip on their choulder, wanting to SMASH Tom Brady's face in. Instead, the defense doesn't show up. Same story whenver we have a big profile game. I said it last year,the year before, and the year before that. NO HUNGER on this team.

Stan Carino:

No hunger on the team is an excellent description. It all goes back to coaching and the coaches' ability to motivate. Sparano is not getting it done.

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