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Plagued by 'moving parts,' coaches continue to nurture moving parts in the secondary

First there was the offensive line that was constantly being tweaked. The Dolphinscoaching staff eventually learned that searching for the great combination often times sacrificed good combinations and when that search failed, you got neither great nor good.

Well, we're seeing a little of that with the Dolphins secondary right now.

Yesterday, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano explained that one of the problems the secondary has had this year -- aside from Tom Brady throwing for a jillion yards in the regular-season opener -- was all the "moving parts" the team has had to shuffle back there.

Vontae Davis wasn't healthy so the team had to use Nolan Carroll, until he wasn't healthy and then came rookie Jimmy Wilson. Chris Clemons was back there and then the team went with Reshad Jones until he got hurt and then they had to try Tryone Culver because neither Jones nor Clemons was healthy. Benny Sapp was good enough to be on the team and have his salary guaranteed for the season while Will Allen wasn't good enough because he was injured (again) and couldn't be counted on -- until the day after the first game on which the Dolphins cut Sapp and re-signed Allen to replace him as the nickel cornerback.

A lot of moving parts. It's not a good thing in the secondary.

"I think with the amount of moving parts, Vontae (Davis) hasn’t been in there at times just like you said, Reshad (Jones) hasn’t been there at times, (Tyrone) Culver is in there, Jimmy Wilson is in there occasionally, might be Nolan (Carroll)," Sparano said. "So with the amount of moving parts I think they’ve done a pretty good job back there of weathering the storm. And now we’ve finally gotten guys healthy and I’m seeing them get better and better. The communication is just really improved tremendously and that’s just young players starting to become veteran players. That’s really what that is from Jimmy Wilson all the way up to Ty Culver."

Sounds logical, right?

Fewer moving parts, fewer chances for screwups. Fewer moving parts, more consistency.

Hey, I get it.

Except ...

Why are the Dolphins continuing to nurture more moving parts?

At a time when Reshad Jones is healthy again -- he hasn't been on the injury report in nearly three weeks -- the team has not returned him to the starting job. Tyrone Culver, whom I thought did a good job solidifying the free safety spot when it was given to him in the face of other injuries, has started and done well.

But the Dolphins apparently really, really like Jones. And so Jones has, for the past couple of games, been platooned into the game while Culver has come out.

A team that has bemoaned moving parts in the secondary as one reason for struggles earlier this season, has continued to allow moving parts at free safety.

Coaches obviously want Jones to play and be good enough to win the job outright because he is more a long-term answer at the position than Culver. But coaches also have wanted to stay with Culver because, again, he's doing a good job that does not merit a return to the bench and mostly special teams and some dime package duties.

So coaches are going with the old have the cake and eat it too approach. Both Jones and Culver are playing -- switching in and out at different times in the game.

Moving parts!

Cracks me up.

In a perfect, well-aligned world either Jones retakes the job outright or simply doesn't show enough to do so. (I believe Jones takes the job back and probably fairly soon, maybe even this week against Buffalo or next versus Dallas). But if not, how long do the Dolphins allow themselves to play both, risking a costly miscommunication, by playing two players at a position that requires only one?

I don't understand this need to experiment during games when stakes are so high with arguably the most important position in the secondary.

Why not share the spot in practice and make the decisions to play one or the other player based on what happens in practice rather play both in games? Why does the coaching staff gamble everything in the game to see who plays better instead of making a decision based on practice play?

Now, one can argue that both Culver and Jones are playing well enough to deserve playing time. That's fair. Play both then.

But then don't bemoan having moving parts.

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Fire everyone

Why only calls from the USA ? The dolphins are the worlds team - I demand a world number for Armando's global audience !

Again bad coaching. Bottom line. Dont forget about the weakest link smith!

tony sporano is the head coach. What does anyone expect?

Was that Sparano??? He summed up in one paragraph two days in a row.

I agree with him. A team is a lot like a machine with a lot of moving parts, each designed to do it's own job. We can criticize but I would like to see a player that is going to be considered long term for a position rather than a slightly better player that might be around for a season. Considering the record, that only makes sense. But as humans they weigh loyalty and benefit. A conundrum for sure.

Sparano is finally speaking english.

Franchise of Clowns

Maybe the moving parts need some lubrication?

Armando says, share the spot in practice then decide who was better and give them the starting spot, well imo this coaching staff and GM hasn't been able to evaluate talent since they got here, so one could understand all the "tweaking". Don't get me wrong, I'm happy we finally won a game or two, but I think it's the players putting it together more than the bumbling fools that run this team. I used to bash the players for lack of effort, but lately I honestly haven't been able to do that, I see heart, intensity, and pride.

Good morning guys,

How long must this charade of Sparano being an NFL coach go on?

He is in over his head week after week. He can't even pull the trigger on who is his best players are. His players like him. I guess he is sort of that man's man type of guy because I will give Sparano and his players credit for not quitting. They clearly want to keep playing hard for themselves and their coach (in the mean time screwing themselves out of a franchise QB Luck, Barkley, Jones or RGIII).

I can't wait until the offseason. This has been another wasted season. I was prepared for it though. I saw another un-inspiring draft in April, Sparano coming back and Henne and Matt Moore as the QB's. So Miami was who I thought they were (Denny Green voice).

"Maybe the moving parts need some lubrication?"

Thats what Vonte Davis was trying to say....we need to get all liquored up.


Soiled :)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Moving parts, I love it... Then he mentions the o-line to start this blog entry.

All I coould think about was Marc Columbo. If he was only a moving part. He is a 3 point stance part.

I'm sorry all, the article is all about the secondary and I focused on the small o-line paragraph.

Moving part, If only we could get Columbo to be moving, no less a valuable part.

The statue of Dan Marino outside our stadium would protect our QB's right side more often.

poizen,

WE ARE AT YEAR 4 OF THE PIZZA MAN AND GARAGE MANAGER RULE AND WE STILL AT WEEK 10 AFTER 2-7 START MOVING OUR CRAPPY PARTS ..............


2 WINS, GOOD
7 LOSSES, NO GOOD

Well Maybe NEXT YEAR WE DRAFT OR SIGN STUD CB and move Sean smith to his original college position FS where he shined.

Let's not blame the coaching for the lack of talent- we've been lacking a good FS for ages!

Yes Aloco.

NO GOOD AT ALL.

darius................ THE COACHING PEOPLE SIGN THESE PLAYERS AND THE GM MUST ALL AGREE ON THAT.............


END RESULT............. MOST OF OUR PLAYERS ARE OVER PAID ,NO TALENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


2 WINS.......GOOD
7 LOSSES...... NO GOOD''''

Interesting option of taking a CB in the draft. It might come to that if we screw ourselves out of the qb scenario or if a couple of them don't declare. I have a feeling one of Jones/Barkley will not declare. We shall see.

Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick, janoris Jenkins anyone?

HOW CAN THE BEST TANDEM AT CORNER ONLY HAVE 1 INTERCEPITION IN 2 YEARS?
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

"Maybe the moving parts need some lubrication?"

Thats what Vonte Davis was trying to say....we need to get all liquored up.


Soiled :)

Posted by: SoiledBottom | November 17, 2011 at 07:59 AM

Sandusky may be able to help them with the lubrication of the parts.

ARMANDO HAS THE TALENT FOR WRITING POSTS LIVING IN THE PAST AND PICKING HEADLINES FOR THEM THAT REFLECT OLD THINKING AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ..............


2 WINS,GOOD
7 LOSSES,NO GOOD

Miami's last good Free Safety was Brock Marion!

This coach and Gm are obviously clueless. There's not even room for debating this. The worst thing in the world that could've happened to this franchise was winning those two games. They went from "rootable" losers to totally irrelevant. With no chance at getting that first pick and in danger of playing themselves out of the top five, they have made sure that they will continued

the their mediocrity. This is truly a rudderless franchise that now with two wins dimmed that light at the end of the tunnel. Unbelievable.

JRLJR2 ,


THIS IS WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY ,THESE GUYS NOT ONLY KILLED THE PRESENT BUT ALSO KILLED THE FUTURE IN PICKING EARLY IN THE DRAFT ....................


COLTS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY LOSING BIG .

IT'S AMAZING ARMANDO WRITES IRRELEVANT POSTS EVERY DAY AS HE WRITES HIS BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE AND 2 WINS ,GOOD.AND 7 LOSSES, NO GOOD POSTS.

WHY HE DOESN'T WRITE THOUGHTFUL POST ABOUT THE DAMAGE FROM WINNING 2-4 GAMES AND KILL OUR CHANCES ON PICKING EARLY IN DRAFT ...............

Miami's last good Free Safety was Brock Marion!

Posted by: AndyNJ | November 17, 2011 at 08:59 AM

jake scott

Are the Fins 2-7 or 7-2 I just don't know anymore. WHERE IS MY TURKEY LEG!!!

THIS IS WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY ,THESE GUYS NOT ONLY KILLED THE PRESENT BUT ALSO KILLED THE FUTURE IN PICKING EARLY IN THE DRAFT ....................


COLTS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY LOSING BIG .

Posted by: ALoco | November 17, 2011 at 09:07 AM

Speaking of parts, this team needs a lot of new parts and it isn't going to be easy. Can a new coach change the situaton and get some of these guys playing like they should? Maybe. Reshad Jones, for instance, showed some promise in 2010 but he seems to have regressed some but, then again, so does the remainder of the defense.
Is it a lack of conditioning where Jones is concerned or was last year just a mirage? If nobody pans out at the free safety position that puts this team behind the eight ball even more. Now, you need to add free safety to their needs and, if you look at how YB has been playing, strong safety could be a need as well.
Unless this team gets a head coach who is a strong presence and tells the players on this team, "It's my way or the highway" there is no guarantee that adding talent to the roster is going to solve anything.
Nhamdi Asomugha is a perfect example of how adding talent doesn't mean you're going to upgrade the position without the proper coaching. In Oakland he thrived but in Philly he looks like a lost sheep.
So, I would need to agree with those who are putting it on the coaching staff because they are the people responsible for getting everything they can from the players.

Are the Fins 2-7 or 7-2 I just don't know anymore. WHERE IS MY TURKEY LEG!!!

Posted by: HUGH JASSOL | November 17, 2011 at 09:12 AM

Like the name. Did you work with The Second Mile Foundation for long?

coaching sux.

Morris Claiborne is a lockdown type corner who can makes play unlike Sean Smith. I dislike Sean Smith the way Poizen dislikes Marc Columbo.

The Dolphins' coaching staff "put the cart before the horse" this preseason when they decided the lease important thing that needed to be accomplished was to ensure the players were physically ready to play.
The lack of conditioning showed up right from the start in the New England game when you saw them, not even standing with their hands on their hips but, kneeling on the ground gasping for air.
How can you expect a team to execute when they don't have enought juice in the tank? To say it was one of the poorest decisions Tony Sparano has made in his coaching career is an understatement because that decision, in and of itself, killed the team's entire season from the get go.
Now, after 8 weeks are in the books you are starting to see some signs of life from the team because the conditioning is starting to show. However, what good does it do now?
One can only hope that the remainder of the season is as bad as the first half because you would hate to see this team "come alive" in the second half and kill their opportunity for one of the "franchise" quarterbacks in next year's draft.

Let's not blame the coaching for the lack of talent- we've been lacking a good FS for ages!

Posted by: darius77 | November 17, 2011 at 08:41 AM

Correct you blame the man that brings in the talent. I wonder who that is......

Right now the dolphins stand to pick 3rd in the upcoming draft and are in a good spot to pick a qb. One more win though and they can drop to about 10th and you can forget the quarterbacks and start discussing corners and offensive tackles.

Morris Claiborne is a lockdown type corner who can makes play unlike Sean Smith. I dislike Sean Smith the way Poizen dislikes Marc Columbo.

Posted by: Spiderman | November 17, 2011 at 09:34 AM

The Dolphins need to cut ties with Sean Smith. Smith has proven nothing in the time he has been in Miami other than he can't tackle and he can't cover.
The team needs a fourth round pick and that is probably all they are going to get for Smith. They can try and get a third for him but it may be tough.
They should try and trade him as soon as they can once the season ends and get a pick for him.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/11/aeg-farmers-field-new-design.html

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the coaching staff is clueless. Thank god this is the last year we have to hear our coach talk about doing a "little bit" of anything.
And Sparano saying they've done well back there is awesome. Someone tell this guy his team is 2-7. They haven't done cr ap.

why would they even mention miami.?.hmmmmm ross.hmmmmm.

.

judy, Whats the latest mock draft you have? I guess kirkpatrick and Clariborne are first rounders any chance Dolphins nab them?

"ensure the players were physically ready to play."

Judy,

these are grown-up, professional athletes! Just think of all the other sports (athletics, tennis, even golf) where athletes manage to keep themselves in top shape without adult supervision.

Thats the problem with Tony Sparano, how can anyone think the Dolphins have done well,awesome or good in any area. They're 2 and 7, I expect Sparano to say we need to get better at everything not were doing a "pretty good job back there" Tony Morono more like it!

Many of you are totally unreasonable. The chances of a professional sports organization deliberately trying to lose are astronomical.

How do you get 53 players and the entire coaching staff to keep quiet on that?

How do you convince 53 players to not play their best and risk their futures on this team and any other team?

I can understand you being disappointed we may not get the first pick, but to claim they are blowing it for not intentionally losing games is totally preposterous. You are suggesting the team should organize some high risk, highly detrimental and totally illegal scandal.

ya wanna know why rashad jones hasnt won the starting job back yet Mando? watch a replay of vontae's int and see what jones does. if rex ryan thought sanchez calling a timeout too early was the "stupidest play ever", he should watch the video with you.

Right now the dolphins stand to pick 3rd in the upcoming draft and are in a good spot to pick a qb. One more win though and they can drop to about 10th and you can forget the quarterbacks and start discussing corners and offensive tackles.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 17, 2011 at 09:41 AM

Right now we are also all taking it for granted that all of these quarterback prospects are going to be coming out in the next draft but who's to say that is going to happen.
I just read an article where regional scouts are saying Landry Jones should stay in school for one more year and "hone" his skills. Robert Griffin III is a redshirt junior and Barkely is a junior. Tannehill and Weeden are the only two top prospects who must come out. Luck has one more year of eligibility but I don't see him staying because he went back this year to finish his playing career with his class.
So, we may be looking at slim pickings at quarterback come draft time.

Judy,

these are grown-up, professional athletes! Just think of all the other sports (athletics, tennis, even golf) where athletes manage to keep themselves in top shape without adult supervision.

Posted by: ralph ortega | November 17, 2011 at 09:51 AM

You would think that would be the case, wouldn't you?????

The "grown-up" thing is debatable.

Rashad Jones is NOT a free safety...People at Georgia were telling all the scouts he's a strong safety. Of course, as usual, Sparano changes things around. He'll tell you everything is fine, he watched tape. Just like he did with Colombo. Keep on watching tape while you're high on crack my man...I don't know what the f*** you're watching...

Judy, I posted earlier that its a distinct possibility that either barkley or Jones would not declare. I don't see griffin staying in school one more year to take his lumps at Baylor. What would be the point? That's why I say they can forget college top end qbs if they drop back in the draft order anymore unless they pay Carolina or St Louis to move up. But that will be expensive.

Carolina will want blackmon and he won't exactly hang around in the draft and St Louis will want kalil and he won't last long either. Moving up from lets say 10th will not be feasible.

Leave Culver at fs...He's by far the best one we have on our roster...

judy, Whats the latest mock draft you have? I guess kirkpatrick and Clariborne are first rounders any chance Dolphins nab them?

Posted by: Spiderman | November 17, 2011 at 09:47 AM

Once again you have a situation where the two top prospects at a position are juniors and you don't know if they will declare. Personally, I think there is a huge drop off in talent after those two so, if they stay for one more year, the cornerback position becomes "null and void" in the draft.
But, to answer your question, they probably have a valid shot at either come draft time if they come out next year.

MONTREAL................. SPARANO CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S THE HC OF THE DOLPHINS ,SO HE KEEPS CHANGING AND MOVING MILLION DOLLAR PLAYERS TO MAKE HIM BUSY AND WORKING HARD ,SO THE GARAGE MANAGER ..................


BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE........WE WILL PICK BETWEEN 8-12 IN THE NEXT DRAFT IF WE GET ANOTHER 2 WINS........................

Spiderman.

My hate for columbo can change in only 2 ways. He gets cut and plays for the Jets, or gets cut and plays for the Pats.

Until then... it will be Coldumbo.

Nate Garner should be our starting RG and Carey at RT...I'm not a big fan of Carey but compared to Colombo he's a Pro Bowler. But we shouldn't worry, Sparano watched tape...Huhh??

HOW CAN A PLAYER HIS NAME BERGER OR COLUMBO OR BESS OR FASANO BE ANY GOOD ?

Mark,
Although Janoris Jenkins is rated as a first round talent two arrests say stay away to me. This team has enough issues with guys like Marshall to add another distraction to the roster.

POUNCY
D.THOMAS
GATES............................ 2-7


ALL NOT PLAYING ANY GOOD .......


ANDY
DALTON ....VERY GOOD.....6-3 SO FAR IN HIS FIRST YEAR .....

Poizen lol @ Coldumbo. Andy Dalton does looks good I cant believe there were skeptics who wern't sure about him because of the red hair.

ALoco, don't agree with you about Pouncey. He's playing very well...Problem is we should of taken someone who plays the most important position in football, in this case Andy Dalton. Just like we should of taken Matt Ryan. Not sayin'o-line is not important, but without a QB, you'll never win. Dan Marino called it a career and ever since then the Dolphins suck. Gee, what a surprise. When we had Marino, the Dolphins were certain to make the playoffs. Now we make them about twice every ten years...What is it that's so hard to understand??

HOW CAN A PLAYER HIS NAME BERGER OR COLUMBO OR BESS OR FASANO BE ANY GOOD ?

Posted by: ALoco | November 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing Miami put Bess and Hartline on the trading block also. The more I see the two receivers from Arkansas, Wright and Adams, the more I like them.
Did anyone catch Joe Adams' punt return against Tennessee last week? It was awesome!
Wright also had a great catch in the game where he tipped it several times to keep the ball alive.
I keep saying it over and over, Mallet did as well as he did because of the receivers he had at his disposal. They were wide open most of the time; and still are.

CARSON PALMER ....NO GOOD
ANDY DALTON....GOOD...........


2 WINS........GOOD
3 WINS,NO GOOD ...DRAFT REASONS
4 WINS....DISASTER......... DRAFT REASONS

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