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Dolphins standards must regain former levels

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When last we convened seven days ago, the Dolphins had hopes of running the table en route to a 9-7 season. There were whispers the team had found a quarterback. There was a movement among some fans that maybe, just maybe, this administration was right all along and it might merit another year.

No.

Today, this Dolphins' season turns for home and we already know 2011 will mark the third consecutive season this administration fails to post a winning record. That is disappointing by any measure.

Remember when these guys were new?

Remember what happened after that magical, fateful 2008 season? After winning 11 games and the AFC East, Bill Parcells went on ESPN during the Super Bowl and proclaimed the team wasn't good enough. He said that despite the 11-5 record, everyone in the organization knew they weren't there yet and much work needed to be done.

What would he say now?

That not-good-enough 11-5 has been followed by two seasons under. 500 and this year, which will be a break-even event at best. (No it won't because the Dolphins aren't done losing, but that's just a prediction.)

Judging by 2008 standards, these guys suck.

But I would say to you the Dolphins would not agree with that because they have lowered their own standards in recent years.

Whereas you never heard how hard the team played in 2008, I've been hearing that spoken of as some sort of feat worthy of applause way too often this year. Whereas players that didn't execute got benched or cut in 2008 (remember Chris Crocker, Derek Hagan, Ernest Wilford), now guys that do something to hurt the team in eight of 11 games (Marc Colombo) keep their starting job and the coach defends them with gusto.

I got news for these folks running the Dolphins: Nobody gives a flip that players are playing hard. That is assumed in the NFL. It is merely the starting point. These men are getting paid. That means that by playing hard, they are doing the bare minimum portion of their jobs.

South Florida knows football. It is football country. It produces more football players per capita than any place in the United States and third overall behind Texas and California. We do not accept that a player paying hard is an accomplishment. Activity does not equal accomplishment.

Accomplishment equals accomplishment.

Playing hard is what 90 percent of NFL teams do every week.

Playing well is what winning NFL teams do.

Mention playing hard and my eyes roll to the back of my head in boredom. Mention playing well and if you have proof of it, you've said something worth paying attention to and worth sitting up straight for.

But, of course, the Dolphins are giving us precious little worth sitting up for. It says something when the stories that draw the biggest interest on this and other Dolphins sites are stories about what is coming next year -- be it in the form of the next quarterback, the next coach, the next general mananger or the next uniform scheme.

This year? You basically stopped buying the propaganda in October. You know that what the Dolphins are putting on the field every week truly is not good enough by NFL standards. Not good enough playing. Not good enough coaching. Not good enough drafting. Not good enough owning. Not good enough ticket-selling. Not good enough fight song playing. Not good enough anything.

The Dolphins have seemingly lowered their standards and I fear many fans and some journalists have bought into the thinking.

Folks, 8-8 is not good. It is mediocre at best. The truth is Don Shula was coaxed into retirement because he couldn't do consistently better than 10-6. Dave Wannstedt was reviled because he kept missing the playoffs with 10-6 records. And now we're ok with 8-8?

Some people, stunningly, are apparently comfortable with 8-8 as the status quo. They're good with inconsistency or mediocrity. They've been numbed into such thinking.

Some fans see a quarterback play well for three games and find a way to forget the three previous terrible starts. Worse, some fans see three nice games by a quarterback and believe he's the answer longterm because they've not seen anything close to an answer for nearly a decade.

Some journalists likewise see mediocrity and call it good. I read somewhere that Miami's 2011 rookie class was doing a job well done on its own merits. Stop. Mike Pouncey is doing a great job. Period. End of story.

Daniel Thomas has been inconsistent and has basically proven zero this year. Thomas hasn't shown enough to suggest he'll be a rushing leader in three years any more than he's shown enough to convince me he won't be out of the league. He's still a question mark. Charles Clay is coming on lately and has fine potential but that doesn't change the fact he was invisible until late October. Clyde Gates has been, with two notable exceptions, unexceptional on kickoffs and he is nowhere ready to play on offense. Jimmy Wilson has been excellent on special teams and everything you would ask of a seventh-round pick. Considering the investment and draft position, Wilson might be the next best rookie behind Pouncey or third behind Pouncey and Clay.

That is not a job well done overall. Acceptable, yes. But that's it.

I must say, not everything is terrible. Brandon Fields is outstanding. Brandon Marshall is having a good year. Davone Bess is among the NFL's better slot receivers. The left side of the offensive line is very good most weeks. Cameron Wake has been solid and Jared Odrick is getting better. Yeremiah Bell is a sledgehammer in the secondary.

I'm also impressed with the job coaches have done with Matt Moore. He is a better player today than in July when he came to the Dolphins. That says something good about him and the men teaching him. (It doesn't say he's the future, however.)

I'm sure I'm missing some things to point out as outstanding. But I'm sure I'm also missing some things that are highly troubling and questionable as well.

(For instance, no one last week brought up the two-point conversion coach Tony Sparano opted not to try when the team went up 15-10 vs. Dallas. The two-point conversion chart says go for 2. Sparano followed the chart in the Denver game when his team went up 12-0. Why not follow it this time? I don't know if Sparano has been asked that question. I know I haven't seen an answer.)

Further evidence the standards around here are lower.

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Not going for 2 against Dallas was the right call. It was the middle of the third quarter. Too much time left to do it then.

I agree that TS does not manage the clock well and that he has made the wrong decision on to go for 2 or not before but he made the right decision against Dallas. You got this one wrong Mando.

I could see Andy Reid in Miami...First of all, he knows a thing or two about bringing up QB's in this league. Second thing is our players are more suited for a west coast type of offense (in my opinion of course) than the one we currently have. I think someone like Bess would put up huge numbers in a west coast offense. Fasano as well. Philadelphia is a mess, but was it Andy Reid who decided to sign all those free agents?? Doubt it. That's NOT the way you win in the NFL. The Eagles went for a grand slam but swung and missed... Badly. I'd hate to see their cap situation for next year...

Montreal, I was even yelling at the TV for them to call a timeout with 3 minutes left. They let the cowboys take a minute off the clock when they were already in scoring position. Other than that, you're right, let them score. At least give yourself a chance. It was obvious the cowboys were playing to kick the field goal. They liked their chances from where they were.

Ireland is reason number 1 we suck. He is the one picking the players and sparano is nowhere near good enough to win as a coach if he doesn't have supreme talent. So both get out of town.

Just trying to give them the benefit of the doubt ALoco (you're exactly right, we haven't been .500 since '08).

See, though I'm in the Gang of Defeat I STILL try to give them every chance to shape up. And they STILL can't do it!

Poizen, correct. Romo made the plays he needed to win. Moore didn't. I don't want to put it all on a guy that's played as well as him 4 games in a row, but I would have done the same to Henne. So fair is fair.

If we always lose those close games because the other team makes 1 more play than us, we need talent that will make that extra play to squeak one out.

MARK IN TORONTO ................


BE MORE CREATIVE IN YOUR WRITING,HOW MANY TIMES YOU R GOING TO WRITE (( LET TS AND THE GARAGE MANGER GO )).....................


I KNOW YOU FINISHED COLLEGE ,PEACE.

WHEN ARMANDO WRITES AN ARTIL ABOUT THE CRAPPY PLAY OF JASON TAYLOR ?????????????


NEVER...........

B/C HE GOES TO HAVE DINNER EVERY 2 WEEKS IN HIS HOUSE ...............

AN ARTICLE

only if this were a special olympics event would trying hard mean much.

Tony tries hard. by all reports he comes in very early, stays very late, lives and breathes his job, cares about his players and wants to win.

If you'll allow this analogy a moment....but the fact remains that he has too many chromosomes, and it's just not fair to line him up against non-special-needs coaches who possess all the same work ethic but aren't handicapped by a seriously subpar football intellect.

someone had to say it: Tony is an idiot.

agree with some of your points....playing hard is supposed to be a given.....i'm soooo tired of hearing how fins are playing hard for their coach...how bout playing hard for your love of the game or because you are being paid to do your job..... as a business owner i dont think my clients would want to hear that i am working hard for any other reason other than they are paying me for a sevice

MOORE IS BETTER THAN ANY DRAFTING OF QB .............

Posted by: ALoco | November 28, 2011 at 09:32 AM


Aloco is not afraid to judge Moore on his performance. Many want to believe Moore is just a back up because that is what they initially thought.

When the results change, one needs to change their view too.

Moore still has upside. Draft a QB for sure, but will the rookie beat out Moore? I don't think so in the first year.

TODAY I AM GOING TO MAKE THE CHINA STYLE PAN CAKES FOR LUNCH THEY ARE WITH SCALLONS AND CHINA SPICE THEN YOU PUT FILINGS IN THEM AND SOY SACE BUT THE GANG OF DEFEAT WILL HAVE THERE GORVERMENT CHEESE AND STALE BEER IN THERE TRALERS.

Dr. Roberts lives in Philadelphia was posting yesterday about all the serious family issues Andy Reid is facing. I wasn't aware of that before but agree now he won't coach next season if he's let go. He needs a break.

FAKE ALoco @ 10;07 am ..... i love reading your comic POSTS, THEY R GREAT.................

DA, I believe in a goal. The goal is to secure a franchise QB. Somehow, I was able to tell in year 2 Henne wasn't going to be that guy. I didn't mind them staying with Henne in year 3, what I minded was that they didn't have a BACKUP plan.

I don't mind giving Moore a chance to prove he's the guy this/next year, but I DO MIND if there isn't someone ready to take over if he proves NOT to be that guy.

As far as I'm concerned, Moore has proven that he can win a game in the NFL. THAT'S IT! So what if he won 3 games, hasn't he lost 4? Aren't we 3-8? Is that a record of a franchise QB?

So some of you are confusing the 2. Having a serviceable QB on the roster is a fine accomplishment, but it means nothing. You need a franchise QB in order to be successful in this league today, and I don't know ANY REPUTABLE person who says we have that.

Some might think Moore COULD be that, but does that mean you don't draft a QB as a backup?

Answer: NO!

ANDY REID HAS ABOUT 30 MILLION IN THE BANK ................ FAMILY ISSUES MY FOOT................


LOOK AT DB ,HE STILL LOOKING FOR A STUDIO OR A ROOM IN OLD HOUSE TO SETTLE AFTER HIS BIG FIGHT WITH CUBAN ,WHO WAS KICKED OUT OF HIS CONDO BY HIS GIRLFRIEND................................................

DC...DID YOU EXPECT MOORE TO TAKE US TO THE SB ?


THAT SPOT OF A QB IS A MATTER OF 2 YEARS TO TAKE HOLD ,GIVE MOORE TIME AND SEE ........


GOOD POST THOUGH @ 10;16 AM...............

Great thoughts Armando. We must demand better or we'll never get it.

Say, I had a thought and apologize if anyone brought it up as haven't had time to read every post.

Houston has a HUGE need for a legit QB. We have one! Trade Matt Moore to Houston for more than he's worth and do it today. We're going no where this year and no one in their right mind sees Moore as the long term answer anyway. Just a thought.

I did not ALoco. Actually, I didn't expect Moore to win a game (so he's already pleasantly surprised me). And me saying I'm fine with him competing for a starting position next year is giving him a HUGE benefit of the doubt.

I just don't want us to make the same mistake. Waiting the 2+ plus to see if Moore pans out, and if he doesn't, not having anyone to put in behind him.

This is the year. It'll be a strong QB class in the Draft, we haven't done it since Marino AND Moore is the only guy we have signed for next year. So, I don't think it's a question of SHOULD Miami Draft a QB this year, I think Miami HAS TO draft a QB. And if we must, then might as well make the best of it, have the best chance of getting a franchise QB (which means drafting a QB in the 1st round).

Sorry ALoco, I have to hammer the point home every time someone posts fire sparano, keep Ireland. Garage manager indeed.

DC

Read my post again. You seem to be twisting my post into something else.

I said the very same thing, just more succinctly. I clearly say, and have said in the past, that for sure we need to draft a QB #1.

Moore does not even have a one full season of starts. You will say he has been in the league 5 years or whatever and hasn't shown much. I will say, by fact, he has not been given that much of a chance to show what he can do, as evidenced by his few starts.

Nowhere have I ever proclaimed Moore is the QB of the future, a franchise guy. I do say he is playing well over the level many such as yourself had expected. I do say he has more upside.

Nothing more, nothing less.


Just a thought.

Posted by: Chris in the 623 | November 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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Here's another thought: The trading deadline passed a month ago.

Chris, trade deadline passed. Even so, Miami is in no position to trade a qb away.

I'm sure Houston is cursing kc for picking up Kyle orton right now.

Chris, while I like your Bellichick mentality (that is how you win in the Draft usually), I don't think we should trade Moore.

If the past decade hasn't taught us anything, it's that we need 2 effective QBs to win. Almost every QB gets injured at some point during the year, so your backup needs to be serviceable.

Right now we only have Moore signed through next year. If we trade him, we'll be in the same position next year as this year. We're not re-signing Henne, he's done as a Miami Dolphin (right or wrong).

So Moore COULD provide that patch next year if our draft pick isn't ready to start. Plus Moore will have another year in the system, even if it changes he'll know the personnel, so will provide good competition next Season.

That's why I think we need Moore. Either Moore or Henne, and after watching both, I think Moore has a better upside for our team at this time. If you knew how down I was on Moore before the Season (and how I felt Henne played MUCH better this year) you'd see how huge it is that I say keep Moore. I think he's earned that much.

After 4 years, Henne has earned a chance to start for another team. Unfortunately, I don't think it's even worth continuing that relationship.

Matt Moore moved into 10th place among all NFL quarterbacks in passer rating entering Sunday’s games.

At 87.8, Moore trailed only Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Matt Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger.

But Moore remained in the bottom six in the league in fourth-quarter passer rating, at 60.3. Moore’s rating is 89.7, 105.0 and 93.5 in the first three quarters.

DA, my bad then, I misread your post. Seems we have the same opinion. Let Moore compete for the starting position next year. I'm not against that.

Henne was ranked that high for QB rating before he got hurt with the same issues.

Facts, Miami needs to move on to a 1st round draft pick name, for better or for worse. The majority of fans are clammoring for that. Henne nor Moore should be starting in Miami next year.

One of them will probably be a back up here, probably Moore. the other needs to find football life somewhere else.

When is the next furlough?

My bad forgetting the trade deadline. It's early here and that's on me. Thinking Moore would be a good backup into the future but that being said think he's played well enough to want out of Miami after next year to seek a starting gig and the big bucks elsewhere.

Can't believe the sentinel ran an article saying how good this draft was for the dolphins. Yeah, so good that we went from 7 and 9 to 3 and 8.

Mando it seems like you are a little edgy about your comments. The playcalling is still to conservative running on 1st down when you can close out the game is not aggressive enough
you want to win games in this league attack at all times more play action on 1st down.Moore is not afraid to throw downfield makes me wonder why Parcells chose Henne in the 2nd round.

Chris agreed, Moore is definitely playing for an opportunity for himself. Whether its here or somewhere else. He can still be the long term starter here, its all up to him. He's going to get the chance.

I'm not opposed to Moore continuing to improve and becoming a long term starter in Miami. And agree he has shown more upside than Henne in a shorter period of time.

That being said and assuming we take say Matt Barkley in the draft are we going to be willing to pay both a high 1st round QB and sign Moore to a starter money extension?

DC, HAVE ANYONE HEARD IF CUBEN FOUND A PLACE TO STAY,I HERE HES LIVING WITH DYNG BREED IN HIS TRAILER WITH 50 CATS.

Matt Moore has shown a lot, but he will have to improve in the 4th quarter, that's often when games get decided...But other than that, he's WAY BETTER than Henne...

My cousin Palmetto Bug Jones be in the draft next year. He good.

Chris, Moore is signed next year for cheap. I don't mind a scenario where he comes in next year as the starter and if he continues this upward trajectory through the end of next year, fine then pay him.

In the meantime, Barkley or whomever will be signed cheap because of the collective bargaining agreement on rookie salaries so if Moore falters then you can let him walk after next year or re sign him to a backup qb contract going forward while Barkley starts.

Win win scenario thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement.

Correct Mark. Everyone should remember the days of having to pay big bucks to top draft picks are OVER. Rookie salary scales are now VERY AFFORDABLE. So, yes, Miami will have the money to pay both.

Also, at the MOST IMPORTANT position on your team, I say, "FIND THE MONEY" to pay to have a good starter and a good backup. Eventually, both will be playing. We've seen what paying tons of money to linemen does for us (keeps us from being an elite team). Now it's time to pay the guys that win games!

3 Wins baby!!!
ONLY 8 losses.
How can we even think of getting rid of the architects of this sterling record?
Keep Ireland - he will deliver more and more acorns.

Armando, the rookies are playing pretty darn well...To blame them for the 3-8 record is ridiculous...Blame it more on the coaching staff that didn't prepare the players when the season started (Dansby is an example of that) more than the rookies. I'm far from being an Ireland fan but this draft is pretty decent. His biggest blunder was, again, not drafting a QB. Pouncey will be our center for years, Thomas has shown potential (what type of numbers can you expect, Bush is the starter), Gates is very raw but we knew that, he's slowly getting better, Clay is already making plays and Wilson, for a seventh round pick, is contributing. I think it's safe to say that this is a pretty good draft. I would give it a B+, but that's just my opinion.

MONTRAL,WHAT WILL YOU BE HAVING FOR LUNCH?DOES CANIDA HAVE GOVERMENT CHEESE TOO?

The Fins haven't won consistently since Shula and Marino. So, the formula is very easy and basic. The team NEEDS an offensive minded coach and a STAR QB (not a serviceable one).

I think Rob Chud is a good name for our new coach. I also still think John Gruden would come coach if we have a top 5 pick and the $ was right.

I still think our current D-Line and LB's are better suited for a 4-3 scheme. Get rid of Solai (overpaid and not productive). Put Wake, Odrick and Merling as DE, and put Langford, Starks and Olshansky at DT. Get rid of JT (his best days are behind him) and get Olama Francis and Misi in at OLB.

Draft needs in my mind has to go like this: Rnd1 - QB (RG3 or Barkley will likely fall to us),
Rnd2 - De or OLB (need another pass rusher to make our DB's look better - love JT but his best days are well behind him)
Rnd 3 - CB (replace Smith - he is a Puss),
Rnd 4 - TE or Free Safety
Anything past Rnd4 are prospects and practice dummies. Go for 2 O Lineman and 2 WR's.

Free Agency (wish list - not sure who is coming due to be a FA in 2012?):
TE or FS depending on what we get from Draft
RT - I think Murtha could go if healthy but good to have solid competition
RG - Carey has to go. Too slow. I like Garner but again competition is needed.

Just in keeping an objective view, passing along words from todays Peter King:

3. I think whoever hires Tony Sparano when he gets fired after the season is going to get a heck of a football coach. And whoever gets the Dolphins coaching job is going to get a good base of talent. Steven Ross' preliminary search list should include Jon Gruden and a slew of defensive coordinators: Mike Zimmer (Bengals), Chuck Pagano (Ravens), Perry Fewell (Giants), Rob Ryan (Cowboys) and Mike Pettine (Jets).


4. If think you think I'm overdoing it about a 3-8 team, Miami. I'm not. Last six games: Miami 137, Foes 78. On Thursday, the Dolphins were one dumb botched center snap from beating the NFC East leaders at their place.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/11/27/week.12/index.html#ixzz1f1LDOfWQ

Also, you can't do a proper draft evaluation after such a short period of time. That makes no sense. What if Clay and Thomas become solid starters next year, will that change your opinion about the draft? What is Pouncey becomes a Pro Bowler? These guys have played 11 games, some of them they missed because of injuries (Thomas)...I mean you have to put things in perspective here... I don't like Ireland anymore than you do Armando, but let's call a spade a spade shall we? What should get him fired is the QB issue, not the players he drafted 8 months ago. That and a bunch of free agent busts, no playoffs again, and a bunch of other stuff...

ALoco, I don't eat cheese. I don't eat garbage.

But speaking of lunch, I'm out. Hungry. Later...

Welcome back Yeah!

I was screaming go for two.

I love cheese. Swiss, cheddar, boccocini, you name it. Never tried government cheese though.

Montreal, this would've been a good draft for a team that had pieces in place at the more valuable positions. However, we were void of them and conducted a draft like we were the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots. Nothing to adress our hideous pass offense or defense.

Miami has been cursed since Shula was forced out. The only way to lift the curse is to bring back a Shula.

Hire Mike Shula as head coach!

I have no doubt some of Armando's hostility stems from the team's policy of being tight-lipped and somewhat secretive about their affairs and thought processes.

While I don't blame Salguero for being frustrated (it makes his job harder, obviously) he also may as well get used to it since it's highly unlikely that will change under a new regime.

The fact of the matter is that nearly EVERY team behaves this way today. You can blame that on Bill Belichick, who largely started this policy of hyper-secrecy and since the NFL is a copycat league it's become the de facto policy all over.

In no way am I discpounting VALID criticism (and the Dolphins deserve plenty) but there are times with Salguero I have noticed his personal frustrations and anger coloring the commentary.

Armando, this statement basically describes you in the PERFECT WAY and how much you and the Miami Herald suck and NO NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL.... ARE YOU KIDDING ME... #1. THIS KID HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE TO PLAY EVERY SINGLE GAME BECAUSE "THE COACH WANTS TO RUN WITH BUSH".... & #2. HE HAS BEEN HURT, TOO BAD.... BUT #3. WHEN HE HAS BEEN ON THE FIELD HE HAS BEEN A WORK HORSE AND AT SOME POINT THE LEADING RUSHER IN THE NFL... SO DON'T CRUCIFY THE KID LIKE YOU DO WITH EVERY OTHER PLAYER THAT IS NOT TOM BRADY!!!!

"Daniel Thomas has been inconsistent and has basically proven zero this year. Thomas hasn't shown enough to suggest he'll be a rushing leader in three years any more than he's shown enough to convince me he won't be out of the league."

I think what South Florida needs is REAL SPORTS WRITERS... REPORT FACTS!!! NOT YOUR OPINION... WE DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK!!!!
IS PART OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION... FACTS... FACTS... FACTS!!!!

by the way: I think you where one of the many south florida experts who for years claimed Ronnie Brown was an elite RB.... lol...!!!!
yes that worked out well!!!! YOU CLOWN!!

EXCEPT MANDO NEVER WRITES ANYTHINGG NAGITIVE ABOUT JACON TAYLER, WHO HE GOS TO DINNER WITH TWICE A MONTH.

Keepers for next year:

Backfield: Bush and Thomas - Like to see more Thomas and less Bush between tackles.

TE: Clay - get him more balls, he has proven that he can catch deep throws. Would like to get a more dynamic TE to couple with him. Keep Fasano.

WR: Marshall - I know he has dropped balls but he is still a BEAST. Bess - still reliable.

O-Line: Pouncey - kid is going to be a STAR. One bad snap...come on...stop the moaning. Long - seems a bit off this year but still a top LT. Incognito and Garner - Good Guards. Like to add one more in Free Agency

D-Backs: V. Davis - get his head right and he can play. Y. Bell - still can hit and good in run support.

LBs: Dansby and Burnett - working better with Dansby calling plays. Wake - good rusher not great. Got to keep him.

D-Line: Starks, Langford, Olshansky, Odrick - keepers.

ALoco, I'd like to go to dinner with Jason Taylor's wife. Do you know which day Mando will keep Jason occupied next so I can make my move?

joey, I happen to agree with Mando. It wasn't a great draft to fix what ails this team. Daniel Thomas - wasn't required. Could've filled a backup running back role with a cheap veteran instead of wasting multiple picks on him. Centre - although Pouncey has shown to be a fine player could've been filled with someone on the roster or a mid level free agent. We could've added more explosive pieces with those picks. Woudln't the team have been better with Nate Solder or Ryan Kerrigan in the first and someone like Torrey Smith in the 2nd?

Got to go:

Backfield: Hilliard, Slaton, Grigsby, & Medlin -4 spots with no real production. I know Hilliard is good on ST's but not enough to keep him again in 2012.

TE: Mastrud and Yateman - Really?

WR: Hartline, Wallace, Moore, Pruitt - get them off and go get some players who SCARE other teams.

O-Line: Colombo and Carey - Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Hey....

D-Backs: Get rid of all of them not named Davis, Bell, Clemons and Culver (not that attached to Clemons and Culver but likely will need to keep them).

LBs: Maybe we cut Misi? JT's time to retire is after this season. Love him but time to go.

D-Line: Solai - See ya! Merling - let him play now and see if he can perform. If not, bye bye.

A is for the Atomic robot squirrell.
C is for the Cuckoo Clocks of Latvia.
I is for the Italian ballerina puking on you.
D is for the Delicious Ugandan Pastries.

I didn't think it was necessarily wrong to go for the one point conversion when Sparano did. I thought it was too early in the game to be "chasing points," especially since more 2-pt. conversion tries fail than succeed. If the Dolphins miss the 2-pt. conversion attempt, they are only up 15-10, and two Dallas FGs then win the game for them. There was plenty of time left for two Dallas FGs.

I can see it both ways.

Pouncey is not responsible for that fumble which Matt Moore was not able to handle...Matt Moore's freakishly small hands for a qb were responsible...that is why he leads the league on fumbles

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