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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ask your questions now

OK ladies and germs, the weekly ask your most interesting questions feature is on the blog.

Ask and I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible. Also, give me a prediction on the game Thursday. Interested to know what you folks think.

By the way, I'm picking the Dolphins, but only because Ben Roethlisberger is not playing. Otherwise I would have picked Pittsburgh.


Anonymous Neerav said...


Do you feel that Daunte Culpepper is closer to the 2004 version or the 2005 pre-injury version?

I think the Dolphins will win on Thursday. Even if Big Ben played they would lose cause they lost several key players.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous John Cardona said...

Hey Armando I'm picking the Fins 17-10.

My question: I want to know your opinion about the special teams, everybody's been talking about the D and O, but how solid do you expect this unit will play?

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Armando, once Sammy Morris comes back, could you see Russell being waived and Marcus Vick being added to the roster? It seems like they kept Russell on for special teams especially with Morris out.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Neerav, I don't think we'll see either player. I think you'll see a more careful quarterback, one more willing to throw checkdown passes to RBs and TEs. McMichael is going to be HUGE this year for Culpepper. Unfortunately, I don't see 39 TD passes. More like maybe 22-25 if he stays healthy.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

John Cardona, I think the special teams will be great considering Olindo Mare seems poised for a good season and Donnie Jones had a good preseason. The coverage units will be fine. I don't think, however, that they will be explosive on their returns. This was a problem last year and I don't know if that is solved.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Jon, once Sammy Morris comes back, the guy that should worry is Lee Suggs. He needs to make a splash this week because the team might add Antowain Smith next week, making him necessary only for special teams. When Morris returns, that need disappears.

12:57 AM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

I think it'll take a series or two, but I think the Fins Offense will get rolling and we'll beat the Steelers. Look for a solid game from the defense. The weaknesses in the secondary will not likely be exploited by Batch, giving us another week to get healthy. 24-13 Fins Win!
Armando, I think Antowain Smith would be a solid backup. He is a solid RB and you know what to expect from him. What is his availability? Don't want to have to give up anything for him if not neccessary. Suggs has had a lot of potential, but unfortunately has had injury issues. Is he 100%?

7:45 AM  
Blogger Ryan Badger said...


I think the Fins will win BIG and make a statement to the rest of the NFL. I see a 31-6 "W" for Miami.

I also have a couple questions: Will Culpepper bring back a more vertical passing game that has been missing since Marino retired? Will this be Chambers' BIG breakout year?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1) What are the rules of assigning players to the practice squad. Could any team have picked up Vick or would he have had to stick on their roster all year?

2) Can Welker be both the 3rd WR and PR/KR all season?

3) And lastly- did Joe Toledo's injuy get worse or does Saban just like to be a vague as possible? Can we think that Travis Daniels is more like 2-3 weeks away from playing than it sounds like.



12:26 PM  
Blogger Canuck Dolfan said...

Well, I think the Dolphins likely go 8 -8 this year and I don't think the Steelers are one of their 8 wins. In a defensive struggle I go 13-9 Steelers. God I hope I'm wrong! I just didn't see enough from the offence in the preseason to believe they will start sticking it in the endzone against a good Steelers defence.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

dwinkinale, Antowain Smith is a free agent. He can sign with any team he wants. The thing is he's a vested veteran which means any team that signs him before the first game of the season has to guarantee his salary for the entire season. That's the reason no one has stepped up, far as I know. I think the Dolphins are interested for sure.

Meanwhile, Suggs has arthritis in his knee. But he is 100 percent otherwise and that is not an injury it's a condition.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Ryan Badger, I talked to Chambers and he explained that he went back to fundamentals around the midpoint of last season when he had struggled to catch the ball earlier in the year.

It is no coincidence he became more sound and his stats took off after that. I think he'll continue where he left off and get even better as he progresses -- barring injury, of course.

As for Culpepper, I would like to think he'll stretch the field, but I see a lot more passes to the TE than what most people think.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...


Saban admitted Toledo didn't progress like the team hoped, meaning his leg probably fell off and had to be re-attached. Kidding. He didn't get better soon enough.

Daniels has an outside, outside chance of playing against Buffalo. Frankly, I'd wait on him because I think the Dolphins will be fine with Andre' Goodman for now. It's not like they're facing Peyton Manning anytime soon.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Canuck Dolfan, I love how you guys up north spell offence and defence. Bro, it's offense/defense.

Anyway, you give me the blues reading your prediction but I understand your point about the Pitt game. As for 8-8, I can't see Miami regressing this year.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous dujuan said...


if joey harrington was the starting q.b. for the opening game instead of culpepper, would you not still pick the dolphins to win against batch and the steelers? if so, than that means you believe big ben is a better quarterback than culpepper because that's the only difference in this game. By the way, when are you guys finally going to get up and running on the internet for your online listeners? Did you spend so much money on your new studio Dubs!! that you realize now that you only have enough budget left for the pony express.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Dujuan, if it was joey against charlie, I would be picking Pittsburgh. If it were daunte against ben, I would be picking pittsburgh.

It is, however, charlie and daunte and I pick the Dolphins.

As for the online budget, can you spare a nickel?

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any trade rumors circulating? I think we have too many DT/NT on the team and not enough help at other places.

As for the game, Miami will win in convincing fashion much like the September traditions of the past.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

79% of the betting public is all over Miami.

What does that mean?

Steelers are a lock... the public is usually wrong.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Hi Armando,

I was curious if you forsee Suggs making enough of an impact over the next 4 games to render Sammy Morris obsolete when he comes back especially since Travis Minor makes such an impact on special teams

Fins by 3, 20 to 17


6:42 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Armando, as always thanks for doing this. I am with you that if Ben was playing the Steelers would probably win. Hopefully Culpepper will not make too many mistakes and the defense will capitalize on the mistakes made by Batch. I think it will be very close but the Dolphins can win as long as they do not have a mental breakdown.

As far as a question, who is going to be the gimick guy now that Vick isn't around? Thanks

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...


I have the Fins 20-13 tonight. I think the D will be able to limit Pitt's running game and will force Batch to throw it more than Pitt will want to. I see Chaz turning it over at least twice.

As for the Fins, I'd like to see them take a page from the Steelers and get an early lead and then pound the running game.

However, I am concerned with the Fins ability to run the ball. What do you think are the keys for Miami to be effective running the ball?

12:12 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Dave, Sammy Morris is primarily a special teams guy. The only way Suggs renders Morris obsolete is if he just goes crazy playing special teams the next four weeks. He may go crazy running the ball, in which case Morris doesn't get his reserve RB job back, but he still is one of the better special teamers Miami has.

Watch out for Antowain Smith in the coming days, tho. He might be signed depending on what happens tonight.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Joseph, Ronnie Brown completed a pass in the preseason and please, please, please remember that Marty Booker was a quarterback in high school and played the position in college

12:24 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Mike, the steelers are good against the run, but they are not an imposing team up front. I think the Dolphins have to stick the ball down their throat and Ronnie Brown has to lower his head and take a hit. None of this running wide and dancing in the backfield stuff.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Armando: Thanks for answering my previous question. I agree that Miami needs to pound Ronnie and wear out the Steelers front. This will also open up the passing game.

Speaking of which, I did not see the Fins attack defenses down the field much this pre-season. Do you think this signifies a switch in philosophy from last season or is it more of Mularkey not wanting to show too much before the games that count? I know Mularkey is a little more conservative than Linehan but I think it would be an error to not unleash Culpepper's deep ball.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Fantus said...


Just read an interview with Jason Taylor where he said Anthony Alabi is the O-line man that would surprise most people with his strength. What is the story with this guy? I know he didn't have a lot of football experience, so is it just taking him time to learn the game? He sounds like an interesting development guy. Has the physical tools to play the position, but how long will Saban let him have?

3:23 PM  
Blogger Montana-fin said...

Armando have you heard anything about John Offedahl coming out of retirement to back up Z? (kidding) seriously though do you know the ETA for the actual kickoff tonight? Id like to be spared the P diddy and rascal shats concerts if at all possible.

Real question: Who is a better long term backup, Cleo or Joey?

5:20 PM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

DAM YOU DANTE !! You see defenders about as well as the refs see challenge flags. Do us all a favor and go back to Minnesota. If this is the best you have then it aint much.

11:52 PM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

Maybe if we can get the defenders to dress up like go-go dancers on a boat then dante will be able to see them better.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daunte looked terrible out there!!! Being from around Minnesota I had been hoping we would have got Brees instead. Daunte always tends to get nervious and start throwing interseptions.
My qestion 1) what happened in this game? and 2) why does Daunte suck so bad?

12:12 AM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

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12:18 AM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

It wasn't Duante. Yes, he had some bad throws, but that is going to happen. Daunte played well. The line simply did not give him time on most plays. The line also didn't create the lanes for the running game and that put even more pressure on the passing game. Both the offensive line and the secondry killed us tonight, not Daunte. Who are you idiots to say this was Daute's fault? Did you watch the game? Rediculous.
There are a lot of positives here folks. It was 1 game. Time to learn from the mistakes and get ready for the Bills. We have a good team, they just need to regroup and get back to work.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For every game Daunte wins with his legs he'll lose you one with turnovers. Good luck Miami. I hope he doesn't drive you crazy before he finally refuses to come to camp so year and demands a trade.

- A Viking Fan

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you see the game? Daunte did not play well! Sure the secondary and the O-line didn't have a good game but it wasent as bad as Daunte Culpepper who gets nevious and started throwing INT's which blew any chance for us to have a tie or a win.
Sure they can improve, and I hope they do. Go FINS!

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Daunte played poorly 0 td's 2 int's and a low pass completion percentage. It's ok to say he had a bad game. I think we have a lot to improve on and we played a tough team now let's focus on the Bills.

W.Welker had a real good showing. Man he is fast and he can cut good too!

2:10 AM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...


C-Pepp had plenty of time in the pocket...he just had happy feet. He rushed almost all of his throws. The TEs and RBs for the most part did a good job picking up the blitz. Especially when you consider what this front seven did to confuse the Colts o-line in the playoffs. I think Daunte can shake off the rust, but he needs to set his feet and deliver the ball on target. Whenever they sent the horses, whether they got there or not, he was too quick to get rid of it.

Anonymous Viking Fan...what the hell are you doing on a Dolphins site? You and your Coach Childress have enough off your own problems to worry about. Get over the Culpepper fall-out. Refuse to go to camp? He was rehabbing his knee at home, months before camp. Are you honestly still sore over the situation? Childress ran him out of town, now you are stuck with Brad Johnson.

12:04 PM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...

OH I forgot to mention...The run blocking was terrible. They don't get any push and I don't know how much improvement we can expect. The coaches seem to always praise Hadnot, but he never looks special out there to me. Bennie Anderson can't get off the line and he just isn't a NFL caliber player. Mularkey should have known better he had him in Buffalo and he stunk there too. Along with Hadnot the other are average at best. I give them a B+ for pass protection, but a F for run blocking.

The secondary looked confused often and how on earth did we leave Hines Ward uncovered on every 3rd and short?

12:10 PM  

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