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Why not consider playing a couple of younger players?

Yesterday I shared with you the news Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman doesn't see Michael Egnew getting involved in the offense much this year and the reasons the coach gave for that.

Me?

It's bad news when a third-round draft pick playing a position that needs upgrade has been basically eliminated from playing this year. It's not a problem if a veteran ahead of him is playing great. It's fine if the rookie is simply caught in a numbers game.

But not playing based on his slow start while the guys playing are having a slow month?

Where does that make room for improvement? How does that keep the players playing from feeling entitled or too comfortable? Most importantly, where does that give Miami the opportunity to find out what talent is on the roster?

And that leads me down a road that eventually the Dolphins will travel. That leads me to thinking about the future. This year, you see, is on the brink of being over.

The Dolphins are 4-6 and have lost three consecutive games. And now comes the killer portion of the schedule. The next three weeks the Dolphins face three consecutive games against teams with winning records for the first time this season. (Also for the only time this season).

And we're not just talking about good teams. After Miami plays 6-4 Seattle on Sunday the team will welcome New England the following week and travel to San Francisco after that. The Patriots and 49'ers are Super Bowl contenders.

Unless the Dolphins find immediate answers to the issues they have been unable to solve the past several weeks, this team is going to find itself at 4-9 within the month. That's not a prediction. That is a statement of fact. The Dolphins must find their absent running game, must find a way to straighten out a suddenly leaking secondary, must get more consistent play and fewer mistakes at quarterback, and have to win battles along the offensive line or this is going to get ugly.

So think of what I'm advocating as desperate times calling for desperate measures. Sort of.

I, for one, am thinking this rebuilding season needs to get back to, well, rebuilding. The Dolphins have youngsters on the bench that may not be quite ready to play but could be the future for the team nonetheless.

Well, it's time to see what the future promises. Rishard Matthews finally got in a game last week and didn't seem overmatched.

“I thought he looked like he belonged out there," coach Joe Philbin said. "He did some good things. Hopefully, he can continue to develop. He earned the opportunity to play in the game. Some of these guys, you’ve watched them in practice and you see them make more catches, more plays, play faster and he deserved to be in the game and didn’t look out of place."

Great. Play him more.

Look, Jabar Gaffney is a better wide receiver right now. But at 32 years old next month and on a one-year contract that expires after this season, he's not going to be around next year and everyone knows that. Matthews will come to camp with the team.

So why not maximize the rookie's experience now, during a season that really isn't headed toward the playoffs anyway? You know, kind of like the Dolphins are doing with Ryan Tannehill.

Let's face it, Tannehill is in a slump because he cannot get the offense in the end zone lately. Maybe Matt Moore would do better. But the thought of a switch hasn't crossed anyone's mind (mine included) because Tannehill is the future and needs all the experience he can get now.

It's short-term pain for long-term gain.

Well, why not apply that to Matthews over Gaffney?

And while we're at it, why not apply that to Egnew over the veterans ahead of him who, by the way, are not exactly lighting it up lately and in Charles Clay's case haven't lit it up yet in over a season and a half?

Maybe Egnew doesn't have it. Maybe he was a reach or a bust. But isn't it better to find that out now than next year after the draft and free agency?

There's also the case of Lamar Miller. Perhaps I am biased because the University of Miami is my school. But the kid was dynamic in high school. He was dynamic in college. And I have seen hints that he can be dynamic in the NFL.

But he simply isn't getting many carries.

"We’re not getting a whole lot of snaps in the game," Sherman said, explaining why Miller doesn't get many chances. "If we were getting 65-70 snaps, which I envisioned -- actually I envisioned 75-to-78 snaps -- then I think there’s more snaps to be got. But when you’re not functioning like we’re not functioning, it’s hard to take a Reggie [Bush] out or a guy that has experience, whether it’s Daniel Thomas out of the game.

"I really like Miller. I think he works hard at it. I think he’s going to be a very good player. I’m excited when he gets in the game. I have no problem when he is in the game. It’s just only one of those guys can play at a time usually."

Timeout. Look, Bush is unsigned. I've told you time and again his chances of returning next year didn't look great at the start of the season. Then he got off to a fast start and that gave me pause. But he's come back to the pack and hasn't really electrified anyone to the point he must be re-signed.

He's been benched twice this year for fumbling -- once against the Jets, once against Tennesee. The foreshadowing here is obvious.

Well, why not give Miller more of a chance to show you if, indeed, he can help cure the ailing running game or at least give hope for the future?

Of course, the Dolphins don't plan anything such as I'm advocating. Philbin was asked this week if he planned any lineup changes in the midst of a three-game losing skid.

"Nothing really specific at this point," he responded.

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If we let Ireland go, it is what it is.. but Ross would be wise to bring someone in that Philbin wants.. So he can get his type of guys in to run in his system..

You know what, I supported Sherman as he is a no non-sense type of guy as it was seen on Hardknocks but if he is a genius offensive mind and he cant plug a guy like Egnew into the line up or bring a player in such as a Burress then thats not much genius..

PHILBINS SYSTEM , MY FOOT....

WHAT SYSTEM ,SO FAR,NOT GOOD AT ALL.....HES A HC UNDER TRAINING .......


YOU CANT HIRE A GM BASED ON PHILIBIN CHOICE.......THE GM MUST BE INDEPENTENT FROM ALL.........

P.S. Vernon is in the sub package & the nickel. He is seeing at least 40% of the snaps in the game.

C'mon, c'mon, YG, will you be happy with Jeff if he drafts Te'o next year? I can make him do it just to get you off his back. Only if you want, of course.

Fields - Probowler. Might be the best Punter in the league. A Shinny bright spot.

Armando,
What is missing from your argument is how hard the player practices and how well the player performs during practices. If game time minutes are not related to performance at practice (which you appear to advocate), players loose the incentive to learn the playbook, work hard on execution, and practice at game speed. If a player isn't peforming at practice the coach already knows the player won't be successful in the game. Your argument assumes, I believe incorrectly, that the bench players are perfoming in practice at the same level as the starters.

MATTY........WHAT GENIUS ? WHO LET MARSHALL WALKS ,OUR HC LET DAVIS WALKS AND KEEP DANBSY ,THESE COACHES ARE BUST...THEY MAKE A LOT OF MONEY JUST TO CALL THE SEASON IS OVER BY WEEK 9 .............

He is a rookie HC ALoco, not denying that. But yes each coach has a system and they need players to fit their system.
He has a bunch of guys he was given... hows that worked out this year?
GB has a system that they are very successful with and thats where he came from..
Jeff Fisher wanted to pick his GM.. whys that? to get guys that fit their system...
BB is the GM.. picks his own guys

Carpenter - Slump? This guy was clutch in years past but, this year has been a major disappointment. Had 2 games in a row on his foot & he couldn't win either of them. That's where kickers earn their money!

Cannot hit outside 47 yards this year. Bad, very bad.

Pretty much in agreement with you Mando. Especially on Matthews. I be liked the kid ever since he was the only receiver to catch some balls in pre season( including TD). He has always looked at least as good as any 3rd option we have had. Play him more please! Miller as well but let's not give up on Reggie. I think he has done a fine job and has worked his tail off. Any time the line blocks like a descent nfl line, with exception of a few fumbles, he does respectable and explosive job.

Very few People know it, but Pat Devlin is our most effective QB(look out, is a trap!).(by me).

ANY QB HAS THE NAME DEVLIN,CANT BE ANY GOOD.

Sory Aloco youre speaking to someone that didnt care that Marshall was let go... Marshall wanted out and they got rid of him..
Let Davis walks?
You mean got trade value for close to what he was drafted for, for an up and down DB.. a DB that currently isnt helping the roster hes on.. If Davis had the work ethic of his brother Vernon then yes that would be a bad desicion.. to my knowledge no one was calling to trade fo Dansby..
And to your point of making alot of money.. how come Davis was making alot of money yet he couldnt keep in shape in the offseason to come into camp ready to play?

Most People are way overrated in their jobs(for x reasons, mainly other's ignorance). IMO, Ireland is NOT overrated in his work.

Hey...no one cares or read your "expert" analysis

Final grade - F!

Hope you enjoy wasting your time

MATTY,

DAVIS PLAYED VERY WELL FOR US LAST YEAR ,MARSHALL WAS PUSHED OUT BY SHERMAN AND OUR GARAGE MANAGER .........AS FOR THE OFFSEASON CRAP,IT HAPPENS WITH A LOT OF YOUNG PLAYERS,,,,


OUR TEAM IS A DISASTER,ALL THE PLAYERS NOW WONT PLAY HARD AFRAID OF INJURY AND 1/2 OF OUR TEAM BELONG TO RETIREMENT .........

Ireland has gotten better with each draft since BP left. His last draft had a lot of solid picks, some picks in each draft will always be busts. Ross should extend his contract.

You can always tell when someone is here just to argue because when you bring back valid points to their discussion they cant argue back or go under diff alias's

matty, are you of Cuban descent(many Cubans in NC). It's not desicion but decisions.

TOP 3 Problems

1.) WRs are struggling to get separation.

2.) OL Can't block for 2 extra seconds.

3.) Defending Screen passes, and short passes (esp. TE's)

I WONDER WHAT YG AND KRIS THINK OF IRELAND NOW AFTER 3 LOSSES.....

I KNOW THEY SUPPORT HIM STRONGLY ........


11-5......ANY ONE........

Moore - Beat the easy competition last year. Plays pretty well when given the opportunity. Might be the best backup in the NFL but, he's a FA

Devlin - Potential trade bait down the road if he improves

Tanny - This is where it all starts & ends. He has shown command & competency. He is going through alot of growing pains. Has played well in spurts & pretty badly in spurts. With an inexperienced rookie, I think this is common & to be expected.

TO be onjective, we have to look at the reasons for some of his troubles. Obviously, the line has been leaky. He is playing with what might be the least talented offense in the NFL. This is Ireland's fault.

You do not throw a rookie QB to the wolves without a LITTLE help! Manning had Harrison & Edge. Luck has Wayne. RGIII has Moss, F. Davis & Garcon. Wilson has Rice, Tate & Lynch.

This is Ireland's biggest failure & one no fan should forgive. You cannot set up your rookie qb to fail. He is the only rookie QB playing short handed.

I still think he will be a very good qb in this league.

Agreed Aloco,
there were time Davis played well.. in the second half of the season.. again he didnt come into camp in shape and his play the first half of the season showed.. Do you want a player like that on the team? I dont.. Apparently neither does Philbin..

Oscar lol im far from cuban.. brother im typing fast here at work.. thats why the errors.. sorry i can slow down if youre going to be the grammer police

The problem is we still have Sparano's offensive line. Keep Pouncey, replace the rest.

WHEN YOU SEND CERTAIN MESSAGE TO DAVIS,HES NOT WELCOMED ,WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO ?


PLAY HARD FOR AND GET INJURED AND LOSE HIS VALUE ? NO HE TOOK EASY UNTIL HE WAS TRADED ...EVERY ONE DOES IT....

WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO DO ?

11-5 Kris, yeah, he is the guy that loves to point out when he is right and run when he is wrong. What a goof.

Agree to disagree then. Obviously you can't take anyone else's opinion.

ALoco he didnt have that message last year... what was the excuse for him then?
The message from this coaching staff was get your arss to camp in shape.. if you dont you will be replaced..
I dont have a problem with that.. I want players on this team that do their job.. Davis didnt.. Thinking like that leads to a soft roster..

I AM the Grammar Police, Always have been, always will be so.(you know, It's important also).

YG.......IS AMAZING,NO SHAME POSTER...........

NO
SHAME
PERIOD.........................


KRIS HAS A TINY SHAME .............11-5 ...ANY ONE...


Hope you enjoy wasting your time

Posted by: Analysis of Analysis | November 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM

it's such a waste of time that you took the time out to comment on it? You friggin idiot! LMAO

Davis was an issue Aloco. They got a pick back for him; not a big deal and honestly had Marshall not gotten hurt it wouldn't even be an issue.

MATTY...UNDER MR CORN BEEF HC AND THE GARAGE MANAGER,I CAN'T SEE ANY HOPE ...................

ALoco he CAME into camp out of shape.. What message was he given during the offseason when there wasnt a coaching staff.. Coyle was knwon for developing DB's, making them better.. why would Davis sit around all off season before the staff was even assembled?

heh @ 2:34

Kris? The same guy that wanted to bring in McNabb after 3 teams dumped him? What an expert he is.

You should open your eyes then

So, Kris has a tiny frame, ALoco?

Kris, should we take a look at bringing back Culpepper?

Oscar you shouldnt get paid to be the grammer police anymore because there are a ton of grammer errors in here.. Youre right it is important but when youre Working and typing in the MH MD Blog it slips away sometimes..

DAVIS CAME TO CAMP EVERY OVERWEIGHT ,BUT THE CORN BEEF COACH WANTED TO IMPOSE HIS SYSTEM, SO HE DID,SO DAVID WALKED,SO WE R WORST,SO WE OUT OF THE PLAYOFF PICTURE, SO MARSHALL WALKED AND PLAY FOR ONE HELL OF A TEAM ,WHILE WE R READING OUT DONKEY FANS TALKING DRAFT PICKS AS IF THE YEAR IS OVER,,,THANKS MR SYSTEM ,,,,

EVERY YEAR OVERWEIGHT

ALoco it sounds to me like you want the coaches to caudal the players..
Davis had some maturity issues which were broadcast during hardknocks when he was informed he was traded and the first thing he wanted to do was call him gma..

Aloco, why do you even bother?

How dare the new HC/DC wanted to use there system. What a bunch of jackrabbits...

Hell, at work, you should be doing your work, and nothing else. Only in Miami, Fl.

THATS RIGHT MATTY, I WANT MY HC TO CUDDLE OUR PLAYERS,NOT ACT LIKE OUR GARAGE MANAGER (( ARE YOU MOTHER ,A WHO RE )) ?


IN MY WORK WE TREAT PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR SMART,ABILITY AND MUTURITY ...

He didnt walk ALoco the team traded him... same with Marshall. Yes it will take a year or two of getting out Sparanos guys to get his guys in... Youre new, you come in and clean house of a garbage roster to get your guys in. It happens in businesses, sports, you name it..
Ill say it again, Im a huuuge Duke Blue Devil's fan. Coach K, one if not the best coach, doesnt get the most talented guys out there, not because he cant, but brings in guys that fit his system. It took him a couple of years to get this going in Durham.. and now he has built his dynasty./
As much as I dislike the Patriots, BB did the same thing in New England. It works, it takes time, and in the end its worth it.

MATTY.......YOU MADE ME THINK AFTER YOUR POST @ 2;44 PM .THANK YOU .

I find it humorous that Sherman thinks they can't pass because it's the running games fault. They can't run because his boy can only make 2-3 different types of passes and the defenses know it and are stacking the box with an extra safety. But should fans be the ones who tell these guys football is a game of balance? AAGGHH!
Maybe there's a good coach available next year.

Oscar, sorry man but i can multitask, im not so simple minded that I can do my work here in North Carolina and type ...

ALoco what was the W hore thing about?

BACK TO WORK.....LATER

Oh

WHEN OUR GARGE MANAGER ASKED DAZ BRIANT IF HIS MOTHER WAS A WHO RE ?

LATER,DONKEYS.

So Matty, you think the Fins pull out the upset vs Seattle?

Their play the last two games gives me no reason to be positive, but:

1) Seattle hasn't played well on the road
2) Going from West to East 1pm
3) Also starting a rookie QB

Notice how nicely the blog flows without odin sludge around to pollute it with his usual drivel?

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