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Where's the big improvement after all these years?

"We're not an 0-5 football team."

"There's too much talent on this team for this."

"We're better than our record."

I keep hearing these phrases in the Dolphins locker room. And I don't believe them anymore. The NFL is about producing and getting results and the ideas that Dolphins that are one or two players away from being good and one or two plays away from having a couple of wins don't fly with me anymore.

That's because the Dolphins are a really bad football team right now.

Their 0-5 record screams that.

But here's the troubling part: The Dolphins have been a really bad football team in recent years. They were really awful in 2004 and terrible again in 2007. And people were fired and new people were hired and steps were taken and yet, here we are again.

Right back where we were in 2004 and 2007.

That's the point of my column in today's Miami Herald. The Dolphins have the same record today as they did after five games in both 2004 and 2007. Nothing has changed. We've wasted a bunch of years and a bunch of draft picks and a bunch of resources for, well, nothing.

The organization is running in place -- and going nowhere.

The record so far proves that.

But I decided to take a bit of a closer look at the situatiion. I looked at the rosters of the 2004 and 2007 team to see how close the three teams really come. You know what I found?

Today's Dolphins have no more stars on the roster than the 2007 team except for Jake Long. And the 2004 team was better than this bunch of today.

That speaks poorly of the personnel department that replaced the 2004 crew. And it speaks poorly of the personnel crew that is currently in place. The current personnel department -- headed by GM Jeff Ireland -- has failed to fill a ton of holes.

The free safety hole is glaring and moreso today with Reshad Jones, who is no great shakes to begin with, being out and replaced by Tyrone Culver. The right side of the offensive line is still a work in progress -- as much of the offensive line has been built, torn down, rebuilt, torn down and rebuilt during this current administration -- with none of the construction proving good enough.

Tight end is still a hole. The reach for an alpha receiver in Brandon Marshall has so far backfired. The 2009 and 2010 first round draft picks -- Vontae Davis and Jared Odrick -- are solid players but neither is excellent. The exchange of Kevin Burnett for Channing Crowder has brought a net loss.

The club is paying $12 million to Paul Soliai and he's not playing up to the salary, and there's no youngster behind him that is coming up and can replace him next year when Soliai asks for another $10 million guaranteed plus a nice base salary. Oh, and there's also no future QB on the roster -- still. In four years, this personnel department has failed to find a franchise quarterback as surely as the one in 2007 failed and the one in 2004 failed before them.

Read the column. See if you can make the point after looking at the actual people involved  that you'd rather have the roster today or 2004. And see how far this team has really come since 2007. The record so far would suggest not far.

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Wife went to Stanford, She's up to date on anything In the San Jose area....

Armando, while your premise is worthwhile and a question all Dolphin Fans are asking themselves, I think that you've over complicated this. With a competent NFL QB this team is better than the Jets. The lockout really hurt the Dolphins. They are out of shape (see cramping and hamstring issues). Consider how much progress Henne made without OTA's and all of the 'normal' offseason team workout activities.

I agree that the personnel department should be flushed. They've missed on too many players... Still, this is a decent NFL roster except at QB. The defense is under-achieving. The only receiver worth retaining is Bess. I expect Henne to return as the backup to whomever the next regime drafts, and that is an ideal role for him in the NFL.

After the QB position, the next biggest issue is coaching. I offer up the 49ers as exhibit A. Last year they were awful in a weak division. This year they are one of the best teams in the NFC. Ross was right to go after Harbaugh. Too bad that he failed at the mission. His failure doomed the 2011 team, undermining everyone that works for him. Ross, like Marshall, dropped the TD pass that would have course corrected this team. It's on Ross now to make the right decisions to turn the team around, and it starts with the next coach and GM.

Mr. Ross if you're reading this - Carl Petersen is NOT THE ANSWER, nor does he have the answers...

It was great that the network with Ok on a storm delay put and KEPT the Stanford game on for the rest of the night.

Kudos to the network.

RenoPhinPhan,

Great post but don't plan on Ross reading anything posted.

He's lining up to bring in the Dancing with da Starz into the pre-game show so Taylor can dance and get his warm up in at the same time.


About the only chance we have to win is if Moore can string together some long drives...I don't see that happening, the offense makes too many mistakes.

Our defense will wear down by the end of the third, again, and Tebow will be left unchecked...look for him to run through the 2nd level of the defense because they'll have their backs turned in pass coverage (TEs).


To all that wanted Ponder or Gabbert or Palmer or Orton, etc, etc, patience is a virtue.

I didn't expect that we'd be in position to get the first pick of the draft, b now more than ever I'm glad we didn't a QB first round last year.

Henne returning as back up would be fine with me. Actually it's what I've been saying since we drafted him. All off season I was in favor of giving him this season to find out absolutely what we had. I noted that in the worst case scenario, he'd be one of the top back ups. Having said all that, I don't think it happens. Henne FINALLY has out to this nightmare, he's taking it.

To the poster above that asked why worry about back ups, I have to agree with all except the QB position. Had the FO not mismanaged the QB situation so badly, we'd be looking pretty FVCKING good next pre season with Luck starting and Henne taking second team snaps.

Having said that though, you hit the nail on the head. The hang up for Fatty and the Irishman was just as you say. Their prototypical acorn was a slow lumbering, multi positional back up that offered solid depth at best. Henne is the greatest example of this, but of course the FO blew it here as well.

We have a bunch of solid to great depth guys, NO STAR POWER.

The Colts this year are the best example possible of a team that with their franchise quarterback would be in the playoffs or very close...without a franchise quarterback they are winless. Not a difficult problem to figure out...the Dolphins have spent the last decade NOT making quarterback a main priortiy and their record speaks for itself. Seems simple enough to me.

What have I missed? Im just now tuning in

The best teams in this league draft well and then mid to slightly above mid range free agents. That is how you win in this league. Teams have to draft well - that is where it all starts. The past two personnel regimes in Miami have been AWFUL!! Terrible - no difference makers at all. I feel if this team can stay on track and have the worst record in the league at the end of the year - a good draft will finally fall into their laps. My question is, what if the Dolphins and Colts both finish 0-16? Coin flip for Andrew Luck? I don't know.

The locker room is right. This team is not an 0-5 team. This week it is an 0-6 team on its way to an 0-16 season. No one on the team can run away from a perfect failure. This failure is a product from ownership, administration, the front office, coaches and the players. Each of those individuals will have to wear the big fat ZERO for the rest of their lives. I hope the team remembers that futility as they continue to quit on the season.

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