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The Tuesday afternoon postscript on the secondary

To piggyback on the last post, let me update you with what coach Tony Sparano says about some members of the secondary and what seems likely to happen going forward.

Vontae Davis is back practicing after missing two starts. He seems ready to play and will start, barring an unfortunate setback between now and game night at New York. So Nolan Carroll's time as a starter -- an assignment borne of necessity that at times was bigger than him -- has apparently come to an end for now.

Carroll, by the way, seemed to be limited in practice today. So was safety Chris Clemons, which continues to be a frustration to everyone because the Dolphins can foster zero competition at free safety as long as the player who is supposed to be part of that competition is not healthy.

So it will continue to be Reshad Jones starting against the Jets next Monday night. Beyond that

"I hope there's competition at all places for as long as we can have it," Sparano said. "That being said, I've been pleased with what Reshad's done. Reshad missed a few of tackles in the ballgame the other day. That's not a secret. Reshad would tell you that. But this guy's made a lot of tackles. Too many.

"Both our safeties have made a lot of tackles right now. That being said, I've liked some of the things Reshad has done. I've liked most of the things he's done back there. I just wish he'd get his hands on more footballs but at the same time, the ball's got to come to you back there. He's a young player whose done some nice things.

"All that being said, if Chris comes back and gets himself healthy and can compete, that would be good."

So that covers the one cornerback spot and the free safety spot. What of the other cornerback spot manned by Sean Smith?

"I like to see him get his hands on more footballs," Sparano said. "Sometimes the ball's got to come your way to have those opportunities. Prior to the [San Diego] game is when the most balls went Sean's way. Overall, I think he's played three really good games. In the San Diego game I think Sean would tell you there was a play or two thre he wishes he had back. I don't think he played a bad game that game, I'm just saying there's a couple of plays he'd like to have back."

The Dolphins have the No. 31-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

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#1.

Sparano is delusional and way to soft

His team SUCKS

Sparano sucks

Time to move on, away from this joker of a HC

Period

Sparano is delusional and way too soft

His team SUCKS

Sparano sucks

Time to move on, away from this joker of a HC

Period

I am sick of Tony's BS. He says nothing. He needs to address the fact that his coaching is like a kid who sucks at Madden trying to psych out the computer on Rookie. He needs to address the lack of enthusiasm. He needs to stop saying he is pleased with anyone on this team with very few exceptions. Nobody who pays money into Miami Dolphins, Ltd.'s coffers is pleased with eve one aspect of this joke of a team.

You said it best, Tony, when you said you didn't know what to do.

You never have known what to do.

i agree with Ron, what Sparano says and what it actually is, are totally different things. This unnecessary secrecy and lying to the media and fans is leftover from Parcells times and nobody buys it - does he really think the fans and the maedia are that dumb.

We need to move on from this failed experiment: FIRE SPARANO and IRELAND. Enough is enough, all Sparano is a glorified Offensive line coach, who even failed at his own specialty: to assemble a quality offensive line.

I'll cut my nuts off if we win on Monday, this is how sure I am we'll lose.

NewsFlash the Dolpins secondary sucks. Wow you get paid to writed that?

to paraphrase a famous song. You say it best, Tony, when you say nothing at all.

Dear Mr. Salguero


Tony Sparano quoted at an all male orgy

" Sparano said. "Sometimes the ball's got to come your way to have those opportunities."


Soiled :)

Where is soiled bottom? We need his witty banter

Maybe, just maybe, Mike Nolan sucks as well.
Hate to think that way but everybody must be held accountable.

Hey Mike, the 49ers are 4-1.
Their best start in nine years!

God bless soiled bottom!

Great song quote Finkle, or is it Einhorne:)

Is anybody out there still crying for Orton? Puh-lease!

CHUCKY + LUCK = NEW ERA FOR FINS AS OF 2012.

Dear Mr. Salguero

More Tony Sparano Quote

After seeing Rashad Jones leaving the mens room

"I've liked some of the things Reshad has done. I've liked most of the things he's done back there."

After watching one of the married Miami Dolphins pick up 2 girls at a night club

"He's a young player whose done some nice things."

Fun with words

Soiled :)

Well Armando this is really getting old. The Dolphins need a quality safety, the right side of the line needs to be replaced, the defensive line is to big and slow to create a pass rush, the linebackers are invisable, the Dolphins still need a starting caliber quarterback, moreover Sparano is dilusional. What did Bill Parcells do in 3 years @ 4 million per year. Oh the Miami Dolphins are now one of the worst franchises in the NFL.

Really, Sparano should shut his mouth at this stage. Pure and crystal garbage talking. Only him and Ireland (maybe Andy Cohen too) believe in all that crap.
This "coach" needs some professional help.The secondary is the worst thing I've ever seen in Dolphins history. Sanchez will complete lots of passes. TD's of 99 yds maybe. That will make us hate the Jets more and the Dolphins' staff even more.
So much waiting for this pathetic show. It's so sad and depressing.

Armando the sad part about Parcells and his lack of talent acquisition is that the Dolphins (ownership) allowed this dinosaur to not address today's NFL, which has become a pass happy league. So Miami needs a safety for sure and defensive lineman that can actually move fast enough to get to the quarterback.
Let's be honest when Parcells told Ireland to jump, Jeff said how high.It was all Parcells and now this Rip Van Winkle sits in the ESPN studios. Armando write the truth about this guy please!

I forgot my sparano dictionary can someone please translate what he said? he's the master of saying a lot without saying anything.

Look how many freaking times can Armando write the same stories and have us all talk about the same s**t over and over and over? The coach sucks, end of discussion. What more needs to be said? Throw in the towel, wave the white flag, it's over. Everyone will or should be gone next year on the staff and hopefully Ross can get someone competent in here to replace them.

Sparano is a cheerleader. The players don't play hard because they're not expected too. Look at everything the guy does and says. He rewards crappy players and gives them starting roles because they're smart, he doesn't care about talent, he wants a football field full of scholars. He says he's been happy with Reshad. Well that's f***ing shocking considering the rest of the world thinks he sucks. But Tony just keeps blowing smoke up his a** telling him he"s "pleased" with what he's done. How is that going to push a player to be better? If the coach is pleased with his mediocre play than that tells the player he's right where he needs to be. Colombo? He's "pleased" with Colombo and has "all the trust in the world" in him? HE'S RANKED LAST IN THE LEAGUE FOR RT'S!!!!

Sparano is a fake coach who was bailed out by the blow fish in his first season. (I'm not calling that fat piece of garbage "The Tuna" anymore. He will forever be known as the blow fish to me!)

So snoooorrreeeeeeeeee. Boringgggggggggg!!! Wake me up when the Dolphins get a new coach but until then, enough with the The Dolphins suck articles, we already know.

Umm yeah and also, lets be at least a little objective here about the Bills. They played New England and Phili at home. Oakland was coming off a short week and was dominating until their legs wore out. They got beat by Cinci.

Yeah they're better than the Dolphins, what team isn't? But that doesn't mean they're playoff bound. Lets bring it up again after they play Dallas,Giants, NE in NE and the Jets. They could be 4-5 in a month or so.

Every comment on here is right on point. How dumb does Sparano think the fan base is? Like we don't have eyes, and access to other data points on the Fins players? The secondary, inside LB's and Offensive Line have been AWFUL. Sparano thinks it's doing his team a favor by not stating the obvious but in fact this makes him look even less credible.

I agree with Sparano. These players HAVE made SOME nice plays back there. I was pretty happy with a play or two from Reshad. And Smith had a decent couple of plays (granted, they were run plays, but beggars can't be choosers).

And I'll open it up to the whole team. Henne made some great throws. Marshall had a couple nice catches. Hartline had a GREAT catch! Wake had a couple nice plays. So did Odrick and Starks.

Of course, these few great plays were blades of grass in the desert of HORRIBLE plays all these players made.

And, in the end, out of those few good plays and tons of bad plays, they're 0-4, and the worst team in the league.

SO WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT TONY?

Exactly DC, great post.

NANDO: I'VE 2 TELL U, TS BETTER START SHOWING
SOME RESPECT 4 US FANS. STOP THE BS,STOP SAYING
THAT HE IS HAPPY WITH HIS DB'S & SAFETIES.IS HE KIDDING ME, IS HE SUCH A MORON. HE DESERVES
TO BE FIRED NOW. STOP THE BS,PLEASE. I BEG TO
ALL FINS FANS NOT TO GO TO THE GAMES. GO ON STRIKE,I WANT TO SEE AN EMPTY STADIUM. WE WILL
NOT SPEND ANOTHER CENT UNTIL THE SHOWBIZ CLOWN
(MR. ROSS) START RESPECTING US. FIRE TS NOW. I
DON'T CARE WHO THE INTERIM IS GOING TO BE.
AT LEAST SHOW US THAT THERE IS HOPE FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. & WHILE U R AT IT SEND JI PACKING
TOO.

Yep....no way Brandon Merriweather wouldn't have helped this team....yep.

BOY THE SUNGLASSES MUST BE PRETTY THICK, THE WHOLE SECONDARY SUCKS

RESHARD'S A GREAT PLAYER CAN'T COVER OR TACKLE AND DOES NOT HUSTLE ONCE YOU GET PAST THAT HE IS WONDERFUL PLAYER, SPARANO IS SUCH DOPE, HOW DID HE EVER GET THIS JOB?

What team smorano is talking about? Im sure he aint talking about the dolphins.

THE SECONDARY IS PLAYING GREAT THAT IS WHY WE HAVEN'T WON A GAME YET AND WERE DEAD LAST AGAINST THE PASS

ochh..spiderman could hurt...we have a clown GM and HC...sorry no more dolphins game for me

On Mando's topic...our Secondary blows...I second that motion.

I have flipped the script on the "woe always me" Miami Dolphin fandom.

For the first time EVER in my life as a Fin's fan I am hoping for absolute implosion. I mean as a died in the wool, ruthlessly competetive bastage, I will condone not winning a single game in 2011. If we splash in a few wins then so be it but, as of now I would prefer to be maybe a zero-1 game winner.

The deeper the damage, the broader the brush when Ross finally does clean house. I want TS AND JI GONE! I want Ross to stay and I will tell you why. Ross has the second most $$$ of any owner save Snyder from Wash according to documents published on the Herald. Ross has shown that he will spend money (Marshall, Dansby, Gerbil, weighed signing Rolle and Clark). I am sure he has lost much faith in this regime so spending willie nillie to grab at straws this year didn't make a ton of sense.

Ross TRIED (albeit too publicly) to go get the "Next" big thing at coach to replace Sparano. He even flew his Billionaire booty all the way to SF to try and coax Harbaugh to work his college magic in Miami...Harbaugh was already heart,hook,line and sinker into the SF position and turned down Ross. Media gets a hold of it and now Ross looks like a bad guy.

In a lockout situation, with a NEW OC coming in and ALL the CBA uncertainty, choosing to remain status quo may have been or better yet "appeared to be" the safest move. Hindsight is always better than future projections. Now the guy Ross narrowly missed nabbing just drubbed the Bucs by 45 points! Ross had it right. He identified who he wanted to coach the Fins and pursued him with all his ability.

Ross also doesn't meddle in day to day football operations which is what some of the owners due to a fault. If so, Parcells would have left a right after Ross arrived.

I will now gladly applaud all the Reggie Bush into the line plays. The overthrows and dropped passes...yay for the Fins! I was already a NON-Henne fan so we already changed that channel. He's had 30+ real starts in the NFL ontop of a year to learn under Penny...he's all grow'd up by now and the results say, "Nice back-up QB but I wouldn't put the weight of ANY Playoff aspirations on his back."

I know QB Luck is the main prize and a number of teams will be putting on their best fake-fight hard act to win games. In actuality it does not take much to rip desire, heart and discipline from most professional athletes nowadays.

If a few wins ends up meaning we draft 2-3-4 than we can go after the next best QB. Landry Jones, My early favorite Robert Griffin III, Matt Barclay, Kellen Moore or whomever rises to the top from now until draft day 2012.

The other main action that getting the early pick does is sets the table for the next Coach/GM to go get a talented young QB of their choice.

Time to lower the blood pressure, get in the hammock and start thinking about brighter days ahead. Suck it up Fins fans, look at how grossly terrible the Lions were for soooo long. Now they are battling for a seat at the big boy table of Relevancy.

Long post I know...sorry. Hate long posts...skip it, I won't be too hurt.

Cheers,

WHAT HAVE WE LOST NOW 7 OR 8 GAMES IN A ROW, HOW DO THESE GUYS COME UP WITH THIS STUFF , LIKE ROSS SAYING TONY'S THE RIGHT COACH I AM HAPPY WITH THE SECONDARY COLUMBO IS PLAYING GREAT, IT IS JUST INSANE WE DESERVE BETTER

is sparano in denial? i mean, i understand that you have to put on a public face of support for your players, but to say that reshad jones has done good things is beyond laughable, starting with the angle he took on welker which set the tone of futility for the whole season.

that was a quick career for daboll as a fin. gruden will call his own plays next year. be interesting to see who he hires for dcord

look at the job harbaugh is doing, sure wish ross could of gotten him last year, least he tried

Coach Sparano never tell that a player sucks, he got to say some thing like "the player has make some nice things out there" to the media or to the fans, in order to create some hope. For sure indoors is another story.
But I sense that Sparano doesn't care a bit of what is happen to the dolphins because the interview Ross - Harbaugh. In some way he deserves that because the conservative plays at home trying to secure an ugly win. but in the other hand he doesn't because he got to obey the desition of Parcells to keep the offensive coordination with Dan Henning. But those conservative plays at the end zone at home have an inertia that is affecting up to day.
IMO The most dignified thing coach Sparano has to do is give up the time of the interview Ross - Harbaugh.

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To Happy people like you--
Happy people like
What a beautiful

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame street...

How to get to Sesame Street

How to get to...

Let's all start chanting:

CHUCKY, CHUCKY, CHUCKY...

Lmao@ Armando

2011 Total QBR Leaders
No. Name Pass EPA Run EPA Sack EPA Pen. EPA Total EPA Action Plays Clutch Wt Avg Total QBR
1 Aaron Rodgers 46.0 -0.9 -5.7 -0.8 38.7 236 0.9 84.8
2 Tom Brady 48.5 0.0 -4.8 1.0 44.6 242 1.0 84.2
3 Matt Hasselbeck 38.8 -0.3 -9.7 1.8 30.6 210 0.9 77.7
4 Drew Brees 47.8 -0.8 -7.8 0.6 39.8 255 1.0 77.3
5 Ryan Fitzpatrick 27.7 -2.1 -1.4 3.9 28.1 209 1.0 73.1
6 Tony Romo 28.9 -0.8 -2.5 1.1 26.8 181 1.1 72.8
7 Matthew Stafford 28.8 -1.6 -5.1 0.6 22.7 225 1.0 64.5
8 Chad Henne 15.4 6.7 -8.4 1.8 15.6 150 1.1 62.6
9 Philip Rivers 25.8 3.1 -9.9 3.3 22.3 235 1.0 62.0
10 Michael Vick 28.3 0.1 -5.5 -0.6 22.3 235 1.0 61.3
11 Matt Schaub 24.2 -2.2 -4.8 1.1 18.4 197 1.0 61.0
12 Jason Campbell

Anybody else sick of sparano saying how perfect everybody is playing

We're number 1. We're number 1. What's that? Oh.

We're number 31. We're number 31

Not ME!

C'mon everybody, help me sweep the clouds away.

Everything's A-OK...

that was a quick career for daboll as a fin. gruden will call his own plays next year. be interesting to see who he hires for dcord

Posted by: dusty bottoms | October 11, 2011 at 07:09 PM
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POST OF THE DAY....lol.....love it.......

Unfortunately, Ross did not pursue Harbaugh with all his ability. He pursued him with one arm tied behind his back. We will never know if Harbaugh would have considered Miami over SF, but there was no way Ross was getting anyone of value with a HC still on the team. Even in the world of lying, cheating, conniving, stealing, spying, backstabbing football, some ethics still remain.

If I had to guess, I'd say it was Parcells that recommended Harbaugh, a successful college coach already with NFL bloodlines. If I had to guess again, I'd say Ross will stick to trying to sign one of the three 'popular' choice coaches rather than conduct a real search for budding talent.

2011 Total QBR Leaders
No. Name Pass EPA Run EPA Sack EPA Pen. EPA Total EPA Action Plays Clutch Wt Avg Total QBR
1 Aaron Rodgers 46.0 -0.9 -5.7 -0.8 38.7 236 0.9 84.8
2 Tom Brady 48.5 0.0 -4.8 1.0 44.6 242 1.0 84.2
3 Matt Hasselbeck 38.8 -0.3 -9.7 1.8 30.6 210 0.9 77.7
4 Drew Brees 47.8 -0.8 -7.8 0.6 39.8 255 1.0 77.3
5 Ryan Fitzpatrick 27.7 -2.1 -1.4 3.9 28.1 209 1.0 73.1
6 Tony Romo 28.9 -0.8 -2.5 1.1 26.8 181 1.1 72.8
7 Matthew Stafford 28.8 -1.6 -5.1 0.6 22.7 225 1.0 64.5
8 Chad Henne 15.4 6.7 -8.4 1.8 15.6 150 1.1 62.6
9 Philip Rivers 25.8 3.1 -9.9 3.3 22.3 235 1.0 62.0
10 Michael Vick 28.3 0.1 -5.5 -0.6 22.3 235 1.0 61.3
11 Matt Schaub 24.2 -2.2 -4.8 1.1 18.4 197 1.0 61.0
12 Jason Campbell
Posted by: PriceMaster | October 11, 2011 at 07:33 PM
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SO WHAT......


posted by: So What

Sparano is a loony tune, fist pumpin, yahoo, from the Tennessee swamplands.

If Henne doesn't throw another pass....he maybe #1 on the shi*ty rating by week 9

I jumped off the Sparano bandwagon when he cut both Jason Allen and B. Sapp for making one mistake each. Both of those guys are MUCH better than N. Carrol, who has been abused this year. That all falls on Sparano, who cut guys because he was MAD, not because it was the best move for the team. That's when Sparano lost me.

u saying gruden is talented

Fire, Mr Ross.

This crap franchise started going downhill when the Robbie family sold it to the trash man who rolled it in more crap,packaged it up,sold it to Ross who's added more crap and now it's a giant crap snowball rolling down the hill gathering more crap.

May the ghost of Joe Robbie slime the lost boss Ross.

Moore is now in the unenviable position of risking being hated for winning games.


"Sean would tell you there was a play or two thre he wishes he had back. I don't think he played a bad game that game, I'm just saying there's a couple of plays he'd like to have back."

Tis is Sparano's take on of our starting CB's and we have the 31st ranked pass-defense in the league. Anyone else out there see this as a motivational message to Smith? Not me, looks like he's making excuses for the player= NO nACCOUNTABILITY!

PriceMaster comment on your list...

Yeah,... you keep Henne and I will take ALL the schleps below him Rivers, Vick, Schaub and Campbell. This list proves lists don't work.

Devils,

I would have to respectfully disagree 100%. What if Ross's #2 choice is the guy currently employed as the coach. He is suppose to fire one guy and "try" to hire another guy that has already tried to turn him down (just not face to face). Then when he gets turned down he is to re-hire Sparano? All with the lockout pending?

I believe he swung for the fences while TS was still the coach. Edicate be damned. Tony loves being one of only 31 other men on the planet to have an NFL head coaching position. If not he would have walked if the slight was so bad. While it may have been bad form, I highly doubt it weighed too heavily into Harbaugh's decision. He lived over near the SF job. He stayed close to home and became a rich man.

Just my particular take on things. Most of this stuff we can never know so we all take a hack at speculating.

Cheers,

DevilsAdvocate ,

How could Parcells' risk recommending anyone for HC after 3 years of his hand-picked guys? C'mon man. Parcells would have had zero to gain by getting involved in that one. Think about it...

Rob OC

You can disagree 200%, and still, as you say, we won't ever know. Rumor had it that Cowher and Gruden wouldn't talk to Ross while he still had a HC employed, to not disrespect the current coach, as they would expect others to do if they were in the hot seat, so that is where I was coming from.

Since my name is not Jay Glazer, I am left to deduce what I can through media reports, rumor, fabrications, mis-directions, blatant lies and false truths. I stand by my conjecture and pure guesswork 100%.

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