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Daniel Thomas is so far simply disappointing

On Monday I was standing on the sideline watching the Dolphins practice. On what is just a routine run play into the A-gap, Daniel Thomas took the handoff and this happened when there was no apparent hole:

The Dolphins running back took the handoff and turned his back to the line of scrimmage and backpedalled into the pile of offensive and defensive linemen facing the wrong direction.

I turned to Dolphins officials and said that play tells me all I need to know about Thomas as a running back. His instincts are wrong. Rather than lowering his head and pads and bullying his way into the line to create a hole or, at the very least, bouncing outside to salvage the play, he basically gave up on the play and protected himself.

Not what I would expect from the kid who is 6-1 and 228 pounds.

Not what I would expect from a second-round pick.

Not what I would expect from the player who is supposed to inherit the Miami running back spot after this year because Reggie Bush is in the final year of his contract.

Not what I would expect from an NFL running back.

That moment, in all its disappointment, came back to me when I watched Hard Knocks Tuesday. In the opening minutes of the show, amid all the players that are not getting the job done or getting cut or traded, we see Thomas called into coach Joe Philbin's office.

It wasn't so the coach could give the player a standing ovation. Seems Thomas was late to the team plane that carried the Dolphins to the Carolina game two weeks ago. And he apparently did not meet dress code requirements.

And then last week he was late to a weight lifting session.

"Last week you were late to the plane and you weren't in the proper dress code," Philbin tells Thomas. "Now, I come to find out you were 15 minutes late today. From where I sit I get concerned about that stuff. Obviously, you're going to get fined, but that's not the point. The point is I don't want to be fining anybody. I want guys that do what they're supposed to do and be where they're supposed to be and right now, two times in four days, that's not a good thing."

There's more:

"And I'm just telling you, this can't happen, that kind of stuff can't happen," Philbin adds. "I'm getting a little queasy about you. You got to take responsibility for your own career, what you're doing and when you're doing it. I don't want to come talk to you again. I want to see you out there and next time I want to talk to you on a positive thing, not this kind of stuff."

So what does all this mean?

Look, the Dolphins are fishing for bodies or draft picks or anything that can possibly help them rise from the mire that currently threatens to sink them to the bottom of the AFC East standings once the season begins.

The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, are searching for running backs. And so it's only logical that the Lions might be looking at Miami's supposedly well-stocked running back stable and think maybe Bush might be available for a receiver or draft pick.

And if I'm the Dolphins, I would love to be able to consider the option. Except that the heir to the job can't be on time and isn't exactly producing on the field and isn't exactly following in the tradition of Larry Csonka, either.

So what can the Dolphins do but hold on to Bush, right?

Well, you might say, they can offer Thomas. That's a fine idea except Thomas hasn't done anything of high regard in this league and his tardiness was now on national TV. Also, the head coach said on national TV that he's starting to feel "queasy" about the guy. Yeah, that's going to bring a bigtime dividend in trade from Detroit  ... or anybody.

It's just disappointing. That's all I can say. Disappointing.

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Rob,

Been a while, waz up!

oscar,

Gracias!

What's up PHINLAND???????
It looks to me that there's a fire sale going on in Davie, What;s up with this???????

Not Bill Coughlin. I meant,,,,,,Bill Connors, coughlin blah blah

I watched Daniel Thomas backing into the line before. Is this like some kind of reverse psychological ploy to let the opposition think they are on the wrong side of the field?
Thomas is just dumb!

Thomas looked potent. Better than the 3 backs taken before him.

Aloco do I need to tell you how ridiculous that post is? First they are not the Gaints, they are the Giants. Second, I said I go to some of their trining camp which is in my back yard basically, wouldn't you? Maybe not, you don't seem to be a fan of football and you certainly aren't a fan of the Dolphins.

You see how I've been down on them today? I'm objective, I come in and talk about negative things but I also see positives. You see negative, in everything, you don't have one good word to say about the team you supposedly root for. This is why I believe you to be a phony Pats fan. That is all.

Aloco, Bring me up to speed, it's been awhile, The garage machanic is Who??, Ross or Ireland?

I LOVE MY DOLPHINS........

And if I go to some of the Giants traning camp practices how would that make me a Jets fan? Hmmmmmmmm But whatever.

@6:15 fin4life, truer words have never been spoken.

Most these blog's end up on a different conversation all together.

Oscar and ur 1001 characters stop gassing urself up. Only U and ur coalition of characters see the fins in such a negative view

CUBAN,


OUR GARAGE MECHANIC MANAGER IS CHEATING OUR BELOVED DOLPHINS...HE KEEPS BRINING BUSTS AND BROKEN FEET PLAYERS,HE KEEPS TRADING THE BEST PLAYERS,HE KEEPS AVERAGE PLAYERS AT HIGH COST .....................

THE WORST PEOPLE YOU CAN DEAL WITH ARE THE;;

MACHANICS
GARAGE WORKERS...............MOST OF THEM ARE THIEVES .....

My dumb posts? Bwwwahahahahahahahahahahahaha (breathing in) bwaahahahahahahahahaha!

Aloco, I wish you would write a dumb post, it would be such a major step up in your writing ability.

:)

phins78 it wont matter, they know what roster they are going with already. this game is 100 percent meaningless

hank you Aloc, But hat still doesnt answer my "Q", Whp is the GaageMacanic????
Ireland or Ross??

CUBAN...NOT ROSS

Aloco at 6:28, you actually made a comment about football!

Unfortunately you and 2000 other posters have said the same thing in here for the past three years.

PHINS..... TO BE GIANT FAN IS MUCH BETTER THAN A JET FAN.....

Sorry, Let me try again
Who is the Garage machanic?
Ross or Irelad????

"Is this like some kind of reverse psychological ploy to let the opposition think they are on the wrong side of the field?"

Klndry, LOL,,,,,Nice.

CUBAN,,, I DON'T LIKE WRITING OUR MANAGER'S NAME ..........

PHINS...........

I HOPE YOUR FAMILY HAVING A NICE SUMMER IN GOOD HEALTH.

Bill I know that, been watching football long enough to know the 4th preseason game doesn't mean much. But I want to see if Wallace can dominate against the Cowboys 2's. He had better or he just doesn't get it.

I also want to see how Tannehill does reading a 3-4 defense because he will be facing one in the first game.

I would like to see Miller get some carries so I can see his speed with pads on in a game situation. I haven't seen that yet.

So there are a few things I will be watching for. But trust me, won't be around for the second half!

Aloco you too and God bless.

Alrighty then. Guys thoughts on who's gonna step up and catch some passes??

How's the kid Miller(From the "U") Doing??

PHINS...I LOVE READING YOUR POSTS,THEY R THE BEST,,I WAS JUST TRYING TO GET YOU GOING,WHEN YOU CALLED ME NAMES,,,BUT ALL AND ALL ,I WISH YOU AND ALL WHO YOU LOVE THE BEST ....WE R JUST TRYING TO PAS TIME ON A BLOG.

PS...I AM SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO FIGHT ME FOR LIFE LIKE THESE BUMB PEOPLE IN HERE ODIN AND HIS HATER ,

How many picks has Ireland squirrled away over the last few years? 10? more?

My God, where is the talent for all that?

I can build a brand new franchise with that many picks.

Cuban, you have been away. Yep, kinda like a fire sale. I expect more to come.

OUR GARAGE MANAGER MADE CLOSE TO 12 MILLION ,WHILE HE GAVE US BUSTS AND DESTROYED OUR BELOVED DOLPHINS

LOL @ Phins78 @ 6:12

I feel your pain on that one...can't believe he is any position to snicker when he is the one shopping for the groceries with no one else to blame...

Cheers,

I'm watching NFL Net. Total access, Dukes and Sapp are having a field day with the Jets! Seems Rex already through his tantrum and told Sparano to get the O fixed!!

Guess taking Parcells advice isn't working out for Rex to much. I saw all I had to see after they played the Giants in what is usually the best Pre-Season game of the Yr. It won't shock at this point to see T.S. shown the door in N.Y. before the end of the Season.

You gotta love it Fins fans especially when the Jets burned back to back time outs Vs. the Giants with Sanchez standing on the field looking at the sideline, HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fin4life,

Notta mucho man...just looking at this oncoming season with stress and anxiety...no way to watch a game.

I hope the hell the Fins shock me and play decent but it sure feels like a get thru it / rebuilding kinda thing.

I dunno if Dansby will be around much longer unless he A. Parses his words much better or B. Plays more like his hair was on fire.

Cheers bro!

Jets 0 TDs in 3 preseason gmes, 7 Fgs.....
Yep thats "Fist-Pump" Football...

Cuban

It's Ireland.

Bill Connors=Oscar Canosa= Aloco= Mr.1001

Notice how its always

I HATE IRELAND

I HATE PHILBIN

ALL THE PICKS ARE BUST

THE DOLPHINS SUCK

= THIS = THAT

Never with a real post, except the Constant Consistent Double-Negative Krap, he loves to Spew.

Again Post something of Substance not Just Hate Hate HATE, Over and Over and Over again. Give it Break

Dashi already told u if U back up ur Criticism with valid points some of us might see it ur way and u Wouldn't have to make a 1001 Characters to agree with U.

Remember what Dashi told U yesterday clown when U were Saying Dashi doesn't back up his Facts or Opinions.

Dashi has Integrity (So do Most Posters Here). We are not afraid to be wrong with our opinions. We Won't switch our name just because the last post was wrong. If we are wrong we are "Man" enough to admit it. No Schoolyard Tactics. Like U do.

But then again since we aren't spewing straight Hate like U Buddy. Most of Our views aren't as Extreme and Asinine as urs and ur 1001 characters. So we tend to be right More Often.

Do U really believe the fins can't still win at least 4 games this Year?

If u do That should tell u where U stand as a Dolphin Fan. And that is no where near the Real or Fake Fans. U Sir are a Hater.

U just don't want to say ur team, because the True Fans here Will expose any of ur teams. Specially, If it's in the AFC EAST.

Which is the Only real Reason that can explain ur Ignorant hate buddy. Ur a Fan from some boongie Team in the AFC EAST not in Miami

Cuban,

Miller looks to me to have some burst but more in a straight line than with shake n bake like some backs. Not a lot of wow factor from what I have seen thus far. He will gash you if you give him room like most speedsters.

I'm definitely gonna wait and see him interact when the games count. He was one of Ireland's most interesting picks in the last draft.

Gotta let him do his thing and hopefully grow into a productive role.

Cheers,

I agree with those that say as cap strapped as the Fins are with their record to show for it...you may see some more player purge of a "Big Money" persuasion.

I think Philbin is going "Money Ball" on the Fins to get his type player and get the roster more fiscally sound. Apparently Aponte and the powers that control such things can't.

Cheers,

DASHI........... TELL ME WHAT PICKS ARE GREAT IN THE LAST 4 YEARS..........

New coaching staff, same out of shape, uninspired players.

DASHI, THE SMARTEST FAN ON EARTH WILL TELL US VERY SOON ,WHAT R THE GREAT PICKS OUR GARAGE MANAGER PICKED IN THE LAST 4 YEARS

yeah rob, u saw the quote from a fins inside source, said they are gonna shock people with more roster moves before season starts. basically gonna get rid of all these high paid jokers

Philbin needs to stop micro managing the team and start coaching this team up! 10% is on the coaches! Cam Cameron all over again! Who gives a crap about locker room messy rappers on the field cursing up a storm
Start worrying about getting this team better not the little stupid s h I t that doesn't relate to football on the field!

Is Mando in Dallas tonite??
Will he be having a live blog?, Or is the Herald cutting back?
Thoughts?

philbin nothing like idiot cameron. inmates were running the joint with him there. plus he picked a retarded trent green to start

Is it just me or does it seem like Philbin isn't really happy with the collection of players that Ireland has either put, or helped put, onto this roster? Joe thought he was getting a .500 team that just needed some "coaching up" to make it over the hump. What he found was a bunch of immature kids without a whole lot of talent trying to "get by" as best as they could doing just enough to stay on the team. Oh, they're a lot of talented players here (Bush, Long, Wake, etc.) but it takes a TEAM to win games! Too many of these guys are all about themselves. And, that's not gonna cut it with Philbin!

Ireland better start finding Joe some players with skills AND passion for the game or he'll be outta here too!

Just saying...

DASHI....I AM STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO TELL US ABOUT THE POSITIVES IN THIS TEAM WHICH OUR GARAGE GUY BUILD .........

ALoco,

What will the Garage Manager do now that he no longer has the Pizza Guy to deliver his lunch? Will the Garage Manager go hungry?

Rob,

Miller was more of a burner with plenty of cut back ability than some think. It was an injury at the U to a knee which he hasn't mentally come back from 100%

Who scores more tonight, the Marlins or Dolphins?? It was close last week.

"this game is 100 percent meaningless"

Bill Connors just a quick side note, Eli Manning is still playing and it's the second quarter. Sometimes there is meaning in these games.

Philbin better stop worrying about curse words, trash and shoe laces. He needs to worry about our team getting pushed around. They already nicknamed Jonathan Martin the human windmill. Lol

Your assumption is correct Aloco. Have a great night.

My bad Dashi didn't respond sooner. Had to stepout to get ready for the game.

Aloco so U admit everything Dashi Said is True?

Just Saying
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we can't count this draft because they still haven't played a Game.

Last Year 2011

Pouncey
Thomas
Clay
J.Wilson

2010

Odrick
R.Jones
Carroll

2009

Smith
Hartline
Clemons
and Vontae (he's not on the TEam anymore)

Also if U want to Count Marsha as a 2nd rd pick?

And Bush as a 5th Rd Pick?

Now If ur Sense of a Player being a Bust is a PROBOWL PLAYER then, YES all the picks have been bust but jake long.

U can say the same for the other 32 teams that drafted.

Tell me which team has a team full of Great Players by Ur Standards(ProBowl)?

All games are meaningless. It's just a game. Nothing more.

Philbin is cutting the "FAT" from the T-bone a la Jimmy.J in Dallas.

Thank you Ireland for another fine high draft selection

DASHI.... ALL THE NAMES YOU BROUGHT UP,ONLY ONE COULD BE A GREAT PLAYER AND WE TRADED HIM ,,,,,,,,THE REAST ARE JUST NO BODY ,,,,


I TELL YOU THE BEST PLAYER ON THIS TEAM IS WAKE WHO WAS BROUGHT IN BY THE TUNA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

HARTLINE THE BIGGEST BUST AND ODRICK,LET'S NOT GET THERE ...AS FOR D.THOMAS ,HE'S THE BIGGEST BUST OF THEM ALL ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOU ALSO FORGET THE SWEET BUST ,MR GATES ,,,,,

DASHI,


THE DOLPHINS JUST GAVE WAKE A TON OF MONEY TO PLAY WITH LOUSY TEAM ........HE BETTER MAKE SURE HE'S DOESN'T PLAY HARD THIS YEAR SO HE CAN STAY HEALTHY..

It just goes to show that 2nd round picks are THAT valuable.

Another bust by Ireland. But has anyone noticed Koa Misi and Jared Odrick? To say they are some more of Ireland's high draft picks from past drafts, they are sorry as hell. Play very average to below average.

THESE ARE IRELAND'S PLAYERS WHO ARE 'UNDERPERFORMING'. Don't blame them is they can't cut it. IRELAND BROUGHT THEM HERE WITH ALL THEIR LIMITATIONS.
IRELAND'S PLAYERS ARE ON THE FIELD. UNTIL ROSS is IN MIAMI full time and not back and forth on a jet, he will NEVER see how INCOMPENTENT ireland is.

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