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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tuesday questions on tap today

Questions here. Get you red hot questions here.


Just pass them up and I'll try to answer them.

I wonder how many Daunte Culpepper questions there are out there today?

I guess you guys figured the secondary problems are resolved ...

But I know you still don't appreciate the offensive line. And before anyone asks, the most effective offensive lineman on the team so far, according to Nick Saban is Vernon Carey.


The least consistent? L.J. Shelton.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I feared months ago and thought for years has come true so far. Mularkey I've never liked as an OC, and so far (especially against Buffalo) his play calling has been terrible. The game plan was brutal. I agreed with the no-huddle concept to wear Buffalo down, but in a close game in September heat, Brown gets 2 carries in the 2nd half? The plan should have been 30 carries for Brown on offence. On defence, Saban admitted they didn't load the box to stop the run. The question is why? Who do you want to roll the dice on? I would choose Losman. I think they were so scared of Evans, they let Buffalo control the clock somewhat. As for the other fear, watching Culpepper, I have no faith in him playing smart on the road against a quality team. Lastly, I can't take watching him imitating Bledsoe, Jeff George,etc and acting like he has forever to get rid of the ball. Throw it away already jackass.

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what 'anonymous said'...said.


I'll add:

McMichael seemed disillusioned and listless. He played not only poorly...but strange.

Booker seems POed...even in Pitt.

Wes is THE MAN...possibly the ONLY man. Ok, Ronnie too. And, some of the STs guys.

DC is worse than Gus. It isn't going to 'improve' for Saban until the inevitable QB change is made. He's clueless AND slow. Joey may be well-suited to Mularkey. JH likes to be told what to do --- doesn't like to wing it an improvise. DC is in some kind of 2004 time warp, zombie stuper where he thinks he can take the play called by the OC as advice.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry finheads we should rally nicely against the Titans. At least we better show up. Armando, like me do you get tired of people talking about how we are still getting used to the defensive system? (not this week but often recently) If a system is too complicated for the players to get then frankly it's useless. I'm thinking a smart guy like Saban should get that.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

In the Pittsburgh game, the players took the brunt of the game. I think the defense tightened up a bit, but still, mistakes on the offensive side are getting worse. Forget about the cpep int for a second. Ronnie Brown and Wes Welker are the only 2 offensive players that seemingly have a sense of urgency. The offensive line is "Oaklandesque".

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... many more games can we "wait" for DC to get with it before losing the season in September?

IMO..he's too slow even in his dropbacks. By the time he's 5-7 steps back, the DL is already leaking through and in his face. And even when he KNOWS he has to run, he's got zero acceleration out of the pocket. Mental? Physical? Both????

All I know is, if there's no marked improvement against Tenn this week.......AT HOME......then a change needs to come quickly before this season becomes "we're building momentum for next year" all over again.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Quotes from Zach Thomas have me disturbed. "We just didn't have any intensity.....we couldn't get into the game"(to that effect).


Your home opener against a division rival, and you can't "get up" for the game???? Is it just my own conspiracy theory or is something SERIOUSLY wrong in that locker room that nobody knows about?

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Armando----Where is Randy McMichael in the middle of the field? Mularkey needs to have him challenge the safety on CC's side, so he can try to free up Chambers for a deep ball one on one.

If this team can't even attempt a downfield throw, defenses will just keep packing it in tight and shutdown Ronnie completely.

Then what?

8:48 AM  
Blogger Alexander said...

OMG!! We continue to prove to the rest of the country just what fair-weather fans we are! It's two games people. Have a little faith. C'mon! Quarterbacks don't become 3-time pro-bowlers by being lousy (and don't give me that Randy Moss excuse...please look at his Oakland stats w/o a quality quarterback!!). Look, I'm not saying that there are many things that need to be fixed (shoddy OL, penalties, and absolutely no offensive rhythm whatsoever), but let's keep our senses about this and go out and support this team. You guys will look absolutely foolish if 'Pep ends up leading this team into the playoffs. Anyway, Armando, my question for you is...Besides RG, do you think there will be any reshuffling of the line??

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

L.J. Shelton's struggles are obvious when a defensive end blows past him and knocks Culpepper to the ground. But the less obvious ripple effect is when we then have to respond by placing Randy McMichael on Shelton's side and keep him in to help block. This then allows the opposing teams safeties to not have to worry about a TE catching the ball in front of them and they can clamp down on the WRs. It also gives the LBs more freedom to blitz up the middle. Is there any way to scheme around this problem?

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will you be looking for over the next couple of weeks? (I say couple of weeks because one win against Tennessee isn't going to exactly scream "The ships been righted'') Will you be looking for "energy''? Culpepper being more comfortable or perhaps looking faster? As a fan obviously I'm just looking for a win, but as a more studios observer, what does this team need to win against New England-level teams.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Saban has got to get these guys to a 2-2 record going into NE. I have faith in this team but if they lose to either the Titans or the Texans then they might as well pack it in. My question is WHERE IS CHRIS CHAMBERS?

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, can you tell me how many snaps, if any, Daunte took from the shotgun formation on Sunday? Wouldn't this be something the coaches would have him do more often to give him a little more time to spot receivers?

As for the running game, if other teams are stacking 8 in the box, would the coaches consider running more from a "spread" type formation?

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, can you tell me how many snaps, if any, Daunte took from the shotgun formation on Sunday? Wouldn't this be something the coaches would have him do more often to give him a little more time to spot receivers?

As for the running game, if other teams are stacking 8 in the box, would the coaches consider running more from a "spread" type formation?

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know the secondary problems aren't resolved. I am guessing (I didn't see the game) that what happened was a combination of Jauron having Losman keep it safe, and the Fins not being as aggressive with the rush and dropping more guys into coverage to cover up for the secondary's weaknesses. And I think it's only going to get slightly better when Travis Daniels gets back.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

OK, here we go with the first round of answers and comments.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, about the defensive system: I have said several times on my radio show that perhaps the Dolphins should start with a more fundamental defensive plan early in the season and then build on it. That way guys don't blow coverages early in the season and later in the season, when you're seeing AFC East teams for the second time, you've still made enough changes that they cannot guess what you are doing.

QUESTION for EVERYONE: How come the Buffalo Bills start four rookies and don't have blown coverages?

11:01 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, you hit the nail on the head about Culpepper's dropbacks being too slow. They are working to speed him up, although I don't know how they do that. As for Tennessee, remember the Titans are 30th or something like that in pass defense and 30th in rush defense. They're awful right now.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Pete, the quotes seriously concerned me as well. I don't understand how you don't get whipped into a frenzy about your regular-season opener at home.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, I remind you Randy McMichael dropped a pass in the first half against Buffalo. That wasn't Culpepper or Mularkey's fault.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Alexander, strong post. The right guard spot is the only spot that will be changed up in the near future. But ...

... if LJ Shelton doesn't get his stuff together -- he's the least consistent lineman right now -- I hear Anthony Alabi footsteps behind him.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, the TE blocking is the answer to the problem, but true enough, it creates another problem.

I believe one answer is a TE screen, whereby 81 chips the DE then flies out on the pattern. Next time, the DE won't be so eager to attack the QB.

But I haven't seen a TE screen from Miami in years.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, Chris Chambers is down the field, running wide open.

And nobody is getting him the ball enough.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, the first thing I'll be looking for is Saban raising the energy of the team, first of all.

If a team isn't motivated, isn't into what it's doing, it doesn't matter how good the players are. Saban has talked about improving the energy level, I will be interested to see what tangible things he's doing to improve that.

Without that, even Tennessee can stay with Miami

11:15 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, the Buffalo game plan was indeed to play it safe. The Bills didn't really attack the Miami secondary.

But I don't see Tennessee being able to take advantage of the secondary either.

On Travis Daniels coming back, it will help. But the major problem early was with the safeties and Daniels is a CB. I might consider moving him to safety tho.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, I do not know exactly how many shotgun snaps the Dolphins used. If someone out there knows, please post.

As for the spread, that's what they were using some out of no-huddle but it didn't really work so great.

I agree it would open things up if only the OL was solid. The OL is not solid, however.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

``So he's not hurt. He's not getting hurt. He's simply trying to get back to where he once was, and we're going to try to work him back to that point.''


That is a quote from Nick's post game conf. "trying to get back" is the key phrase don't you think? That indicates that he is not ready. This isn't the pre-season. Armando - Why is Nick playing a QB that is trying to get back? Is it the investment? Is it pressure from Wayne?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Travis Anderson said...

If you were an odds-maker, what would you say the chances are that the Phins make the playoffs at this point? 30 percent? Lower? Thanks!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VANILLA! VANILLA!...Where is the so promise DEFENSE!!! I can understand CP and the OL having problems, but it looks like we are back to Miami's favorite color in D: VANILLA!!!!VANILLA!!!VANILLA!!

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

What do you think about trading Chambers to Oakland for Moss and then we should be free from all this heated discussions and DC will be a ProBowler again??? Can you get Jason Cole come back to his old job?? Your job performance is about on par with DC.......

11:44 AM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

armando,the o-line is in need of some serious improvement that is obvious!how about damion m'cintosh getting a chance to play?saban said he played real well in pre-season!give him some snaps at left tackle and right guard, i think the guy has paid his dues and he hardly ever gave up any sacks as a starter before!vernon carey could also play some guard,and they could give alabi a look at left tackle,i think a platoon system could possibly work here, what have they to lose!shelton is a total stiff and this jacox guy should probably be on ir,your thoughts?

11:47 AM  
Blogger seamus said...

Armando, I'm glad you do this. Great to see you interacting with your readers.

Any idea if we're going to see Jason Allen play this year? What's holding him up? Is it his health, his understanding of the system?

12:00 PM  
Anonymous TomFish said...

Where is Anthony "The Eternal Project" Alabi? Is this the REAL Hudson Houck or, just Tom Olividatti in disguise and role reversal? Do the players (Zack, Taylor, Booker and other key guys) just really not like Nick Saban? They should have been pumped for the game and Zack tells you he doesn't know why he wasn't - that smells of something he's not willing to say, like Saban sucks. Please, don't be true....but something is goofy here.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous lifetime fin fan said...

I wonder if Coach Saban heard about Drew Brees performance. Having second thoughts? I am beginning to.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to get C-Pep ready by giving him game time could be a philosophy Saban has. Sort of like a rookie QB coming into play at the beginning of the season. Some coaches work them in, some throw them into the fire. Saban possibly believes that C-Pep should beable to overcome this since he's a veteran.

I think the real issue is that C-Pep doesn't have confidence in his knee just yet. The proof is in his lack of acceleration and not pushing off his back leg. That TD pass he threw to chambers, I think that was one of the few times he actually pushed off. That's something C-Pep can build on. I thought that was a great sign.

They need to design more plays for Randy. That TE screen would be money and it's really effective when teams actually use it. The TE does a little delay or chips the end and goes out for a pass.

The biggest issue I have w/ the play calling is that we give the opposing defenses nothing to game plan for. We exploit NOTHING! Throw that TE screen five times in the game, use ronnie in a screen, and keep doing it untill they stop us. We have to have a couple of plays that work really well for us. Right now we have a bunch of plays that aren't helping at all.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Cheech & Chong said...

Nick Saban is soley responsible for
this mess...he's the coach with final say....Saban say's "he's not 100%" why he's starting. Funny
that Carson Palmer suffered a huge injury as well, but he's 2-0 and playin' kick ass! Culpepper problem
is he ain't no leader and can't read defense and is WASHED UP!!!
Again bad decision to take Culpepper over Brees(2-0) and worse
yet to stick with him because of ego! Saban's first round picks 2 years running have stunk! R.Brown
is mediocre and Jason Allen is a
BUST! Again, Saban is bad evaluater
of PRO players. He's a college coach and we've all just found that
out. His system is WAY too complicated! The defense was blank...? Something is wrong! There is a HUGE disconnect between
Saban & the team. He talks down at them like their college players. These dudes are grown men & pro's...they are not kids! He is a
college coach with a college short another Steve
Spurrier! Unfortunatly it's gonna get worse...we've made 2 blunders:
Get rid of him at the end of season! This 06' is over! DAMN!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoot, all teams have to do is gameplan for the passing game. Just jump out on top of us early and we'll abandon the run!

The Zack Thomas saying the felt no sense of urgency or lacked energy is really odd. But this wk the defense was not the problem. Mostly because they didn't really challange us. Would of liked some turnovers but that's hard when they run the ball so much. I gurantee we get more turnovers if we put some pts on the board.

12:13 PM  
Blogger porthos said...

My question is, "Do you really think it's a good idea for fans to boo their own team?"

In your previous post, you said, "I can understand that you [fans] booed. You showed the Dolphins that this kind of effort is not OK. I hope they listened."

Do you really think the players and coaches thought their effort was ok? Doubt it. Everyone seemed pretty upset by their performance.

Please explain how does booing your own team helps in any way, shape or form. It's like kicking someone when they're down. And someone you're supposed to support, no less. They're supposedly "our" team, yet if one of the players booed their own teammates, we'd crucify them. But yet it's okay for fans to boo?

If you're just writing as an impartial reporter, fine. Say what you want. But you seem to be a fan as well. And I can't see any way in which encouraging booing helps the team. If anything, it demoralizes them and bolsters the opponent.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Cheech & Chong!
There is a huge disconnect between
Saban & the team. That is NOT good!
Rumor has it that Saban & Mularky
are addicted to Madden 06' Football
and seem to confuse the video
Culpepper with the real Chokepepper! In fact Saban & Mularky try to run the same plays
on the game because " Well hell, the video Culpepper completes the
play so I figured the real Chokepeper would too...!"Ha Ha Ha.
On the serious side though I think
it's safe to say we got duped with
Saban...he's not a guru...he's not
a genius....and he sure as hell
ain't no communicator and ain't no
motivator! He's another Steve Spurrier. He ain't got no 'PRO'

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I found the answer to one of my earlier questions (partially). Of the 7 sacks, Daunte was in the shotgun 4 times! That's scary.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Phincane said...

Armando, great job btw. I got the feeling watching the game that the Dolphins came out expecting to win the game easily. They played the first three quarters without effort. This is the scary part - Jason taylor said postgame that the players need to stop believing the hype they read in the news and play the game on the field. - Now if this is the case (which it sure seemed Sunday) how does the "Nicktator" stop the team from believing that they are as bad as the media are now saying they are this week... this is especially true for pep! I am keen to hear your comments.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should tell the Nicktator to stop whining about the fans booing. If the fins didn't play so poorly, I am sure no one would have booed. That was one of the sorriest games I have ever seen. Miami should have been able to light up Buffalo's rookie defense. Miami havd an extra 3 days to prepare for the game!! And I think everyone needs to start realizing that the Nicktator is not that great evaluator of talent. Jason Allen with a number 1 pick & not even on the field? Trading a #2 for Culpepper when you could have had Brees for nothing? Culpepper's performance against Buffalo was one of the worst ever. Fins fans have good reason to panic and boo!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I'm being biased when I say that Ronnie Brown could be one of the top couple of backs in the league. Not down the road, but right now. Give him the ball. The guy is a beast. The line will feed off of his tough runs and will get nothing but better as the game goes on. This will make the passing game better and will make our Defense better. I know you can say that is easier said than done, but 15 carries in two pretty close games tells me that we are very quick to rely on a less than 100% Culpepper. Give Brown the ball early and often. Develop an identity on offense other than being inept.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicktator! That is classic!
What a great name to describe
this phoney college coach who bullsh*ted his way into the head coaching job! This little nicktator
is a failure!
1) Bad coach
2) Bad evaluator of talent
3) Paces too much on the sidelines
and doesn't seem to pay enough
attention to action on field.
4) Bad communicator-these are not
college football players...they
are PRO's! Doesn't he realize
5) We were duped. He's no genius,
far from it!!!


1:48 PM  
Anonymous JC said...

Armando, do you think Saban and his staff made a mistake in getting Dante over Drew. Here is what I've seen:

Minessotta - without Dante: 2-0.
New Orleans - with Brees, which we could have had: 2-0.
Miami - with Dante and no Brees: 0-2.

To me the answer is yes, big mistake.

To Alexander, not for anything my man but it's more than just two games. Dante had a poor showing in pre-season as well, Harrington was able to move the team again and again. What do you want them to do wait till we're 1-4 to make a change, which we are going to be if Dante keeps playing the way he has after 5 games.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous LeftCoastPhinPhan said...

Geez, I have my own criticisms but I think some of you guys here are a little bit off the deep end and feel like I should play devil's advocate on a few points. "Saban is another Spurrier", "Jason Allen and Ronnie Brown are busts", "The season is over, play for draft picks". C'mon! Saban is correct when he says it is up to each player to get it right, and it is up to the team to make changes when someone can't or won't get it right. Saban is not shifting the blame from himself or making excuses for Dante, but he also knows that if DC is going to develop, he needs work. DC has a big arm, but needs to calm down and throw it away if it's not there. He may have trouble reading defenses, but every INT I have seen him throw this year had nothing to do with that. They were just dumb throws without thinking. I think that he has a lot of potential, but needs a lot of work. Saban seems ready to, and should, pull him if he doesn't start "getting it right". As for "Saban=Spurrier", I am pretty sure that it was not Saban that picked the team to go to the Superbowl this year. I am also pretty sure that the consensus among intelligent football minds was that it would take 3yrs for Saban to build the team into a legitimate contender. We knew there were still holes in this year's team going into the season. I am disappointed with the start, and a little surprised, but I didn't expect them to make the Superbowl this year. Jason Allen will play, and we will find out over the next couple of years whether or not he is a bust. Ronnie brown is playing well and getting better. I seriously think calling either of these guys a bust as of today is dumb. My biggest gripe, and what I consider the most serious problem on the team, is the offensive play calling. This is where I really hold Saban responsible. Saban can NOT be just a secondary coach. He HAS to be responsible for the whole team, including the offense, and step on Mularkey if needed. The offensive play calling is HORRIBLE! I believe that an effective offensive game plan can beat any defense, assuming the players execute it correctly. Granted that the players are screwing up half the time right now, but even so, why abandon the run when it is working? Why not throw the ball deep a few time to loosen up the defense? I have heard people say screens, pass on first down, get it to Chambers, all good ideas! Armando, doesn't Saban understand that the offensive play calling is a major part of the problem? I could call a better offensive game!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous olddolfan said...

What I saw on the field Sunday in Miami was last year's Buffalo offense where Losman spent most of his time on the ground. Mularkey is definitely the problem with the offense. Buffalo must be so happy that he left. I am sure it is frustrating for the players and it's no wonder they don't exhibit any enthusiasm on the field. After the Monday night game, I am picking Jacksonville to win the super bowl in Miami.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

just one more question armando! what's your take on saban's first foray's into the free-agent market? seem's to kind of remind me of the garage sales that happen in my neighbourhood each week! grab every cheap item, take them home and hope you find something of value!all his signings so far are cast-offs from bad teams!any idea how much money he has wasted on all these stiffs so far?most of these guys probably would'nt have even been signed by other teams!they could of gotten a couple of really decent players instead!chris hope of the steelers is one that comes to mind!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Leftcoastphinphan: D.Chokepepper is an 8-year veteran!
All the stuff you say he needs work
on is something he should already know! He's not a rookie for christ's sake...he's an 8 year veteran....if he doesn't know these
basic things at this point in his career then he definatly is not the right guy! I don't mean to sound like a downer but you and alot of other fin fan have to face
the reality of this 06' year:
IT'S OVER!!! This mess is not
something thats gonna get fixed
anytime soon....there is something
were not being gut tells
me Saban is not liked! These players are not responding to his's not working...they don't seem to want to play for him....he's a bust. Also, mark my words....Chokepepper
won't be here next year so I wish all you fantaziers would stop refering to him as the FUTURE!!!
This year was supposed to be the future...has everybody forgot allready????????

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her's the one clue that should have awakened us to the type of
coach Nicktator Saban is:

He did the one thing no one else
did around the league:

He took a chance on MARCUS VICK!!!

We all scratched our heads at the time thinking ol' Nicky boy knew something we didn't. Guess what?
This dude doesn't know his ass from
a hole in the ground. Now everybody knows!!! What's next:
writing to MAURICE CLARRETT's parole board to grant him early release as a backup to his other bust: Ronnie Brown. Nicktator has
got to GO!!!!!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Armando; What is the deal with
23 assistant coaches? Why so many?
More than any in the league. 23
assistant coaches for an 0-2 start?
What is up with the EGO of the
Nicktator? Could his EGO be the

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its too bad the Fins have to "make up" a game played in 90 degree weather with a game in December when it will be 20 degrees. So much for homefield advantage.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Aron said...

I feel like the the fins just arent preparing the way they should. I bet there was this attitude around the locker room about how good they were, and they wouldnt have to try very hard to win. I think the expectations by experts gave them all a big head. Maybe the defense thought 'hey, I really dont have to try as hard this season because our offense has been fully upgraded'. Maybe the O'line figured Dante could move and get the ball out quick, so they wouldnt need to bust their butts. Somehow I think this was the wakeup call they needed. They cant rely on each other unless everyone is working as hard as the next guy, to the best of their ability. And yes, Wes Welker is the man!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Aron said...

By the way, the fins were 3-7 last year....and im sure all of you were saying the same things you are now. Saban knows what he is doing. This guy is the best coach to come along in a long time and he will be successful. We just cant say its all over with 2 games in the books. We are talking about an easy schedule here on out. And the players are adapting to the new coaching. It just takes time to mend together. On top of that is a defensive system that is very complicated and difficult to understand. But once the players get it, and stop making mistakes, they will be great. Dont think for a second that New England is THE team just yet. They have a tough schedule to, and they wont be playing teams like the Jets and Bills soon. Miami can come out 2-2 in the upcoming weeks pretty easily. New England hasnt played a really good team yet. No shame in losing to the super bowl I right?

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for all of you glass half-full guys who say it's only two games and it's a soft schedule i need to point out that we have to play the patriots twice yet, the jets twice,the bears, jacksonville,the colts,the vikings,and the chiefs! yep looks pretty do-able!yeah right!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need somebody in there who can move and pull the trigger. we look like the same old boring offense that we've had for the last 10 years. lets open it up. run and shoot, something, i dont give a shit. lets just score some points. im sick of watching this boring team.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, Nick is playing the QB he believes gives him the best chance to win.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Travis, I am not an oddsmaker and I'm awful with predictions and numbers. All I can tell you is only two teams have started out 0-2 and won the Super Bowl -- Dallas in the 90s and New England in 2001. And both recovered because they found a superstar in the process. The Cowboys got Emmitt Smith back from a holdout and the Pats discovered Tom Brady.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Evan, remind me to answer your question when I break par.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Finndolpfan, I totally hate the idea of platooning the OL. Sorry, but you asked.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Seamus, Jason Allen is completely healthy. But he simply doesn't know the defense yet. And yes, that hurts.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Tomfish, nothing goofy here. The players actually believe in Saban. They also fear him to a certain extent. No behind-the-scenes meaning to their motivation problem last week.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

lifetime fin fan, I certainly was caught by Brees 350-plus yards performance. But it was against GB. We'll see how Brees-Culpepper plays out when all is said, done. All things equal, tho, I would have gone with Brees and think the Dolphins would have also -- which is the reason they entertained him first.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

I believe fans should stick with their team and cheer. I would not advocate booing with one exception -- when the team is not trying, or gives up.

In that case, booing often serves as a motivator. I believe positive reinforcement is better, but sometimes negative reinforcement works also -- especially in an instance the players are "not into it," or "have no energy" or simply aren't trying hard enough.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Phincane, thanks for the props. The interesting thing about Taylor's comments were that he's trusting SI and ESPN the Mag and they're never around the team. What the frick do they know? Personally, I picked them at 10-6 and you guys ripped me for it.

Anyway, Saban has promised to get on them this week, remind them of their circumstance and how all is not lost. He's already had severa meetings with players on the subject. The guy is pretty good about getting his message across so I think he'll be successful in getting the players' attention.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

JC, your argument for Brees is pretty compelling now. I believe knowing what they know today, the Dolphins might have picked Brees over Daunte. But they didn't know what they know today back in April. I didn't hear anyone griping then. Hindsight.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say we give Daunte 1 more week to improve. He is going to go up against a bad Tennessee team. If he can't do it this week, then he won't be able to do it for the rest of the season. I can hear the "Joey! Joey!" chants from here.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the fins lose this week to the
Titans which I think they will, I
can't wait to see the excuses you
bleeding heart liberals come up
with then. We've been down this
road before...don't you guys recognize the scenery? The 06' season is over. Us fans have been lied to by the Dolphins Organization led by Saban. He's the one who hyped this whole situation to begin you
liberals are yaking about how next
year is the year. Give me a break!
NOBODY including Saban thought we'd
be 0-2. It's a fact. Now he's
scared and the team is scared because he's scared. This guy is
a bad judge of talent and has lost
faith in Culpepper....there is a
massive blowup coming soon that is
gonna get very nasty between Culpepper and Saban as well as
Culpepper and the dolfans. He'll
be talking the same shit about us
as he did to the folks in Minn.
Mark my words...we haven't seen nothing's gonna get even

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel bad for Fins fans. You are gonna learn the hard way what Minnesota fans learned last year: Duante is a great raw talent, but in less than perfect surroundings... OUCH! He's not that smart: can't think on his feet so he panics and makes bad decisions. He's got small hands = LOTS of fumbles. He's not a leader in the locker room. Couple those facts with a suspect knee and you get a QB that is WAY to risky for a potential Super Bowl team like the fins to gamble on.

The Moss story is absolutely true. Moss gave DC a target to reach with his strong arm and forced defenses out of their desired schemes. Also, for better or worse, Moss shenanigans in the locker room and off the field took media and public pressure off of DC, and thus hid his lack of leadership skills.

Looks like a long season for the fins!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

leftcoastphinfan, there is nothing in your very loooong post that I disagree with.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

finndolphfan, I cannot agree that every offseason signing was bad. I think Will Allen will be good. I think Kevin Carter last year was great. I think not signing LaVar Arrington was good. I think LJ Shelton is a head-scratcher.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Mikemare said...

What the hell is wrong with you people. Sounds like a bunch of Jets fans in here. Do you guys all live in apartments with grey walls and black chairs, real downers.

Ronnie Brown is a bust? He is only the 8th best running back in the league on most boards right now, real bust. And every single running back ahead of him has a real OL, something we are missing right now and that everyone knew would still be shaky. Rather have the caddy right now perhaps?

Allens a bust? Wow, 2 games in, with only 4 weeks of practice at safety after being forced into cornerback duty for weeks, and you can tell he is a bust, you people have found your calling in life!

Any idiot that thought the Dolphins where heading to the SB this year...I mean, come on people, no one with any intelligence that lived within 1000 miles of Miami was thinking SB until SI talked their trash.

The fins are exactly where they should be, and pretty much where everyone expected them to be before the SB crap, struggling, trying to get better, and looking for the correct people to make a real run next next year and after.

Oh, and BTW, there was no talk about how Saban was a fool and college coach after the fins started smoking teams last year, and their will not be any at the end of this year either, mark my words.

Get some perspective people!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous, Nick Saban figures if you have veteran coaches and young guys behind them (backup coaches?) when the team wins titles and gets the coaching staff raided, he can simply promote from within. Of course, he didn't do that last year when Linehan left and they haven't won anything.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikemare: Stop smokin' crack

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Culpepper will probably play great next week. Get back on track and when things seem to be going great, he'll be back to fumbles and int's. Or classic short throws. He'll break your heart doing it when it's crunch time.

Sorry Miami. I felt your pain in Minny for 6 years...

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my first time looking at one of these blogs and will probably be the last...I really hope that you extremely negative fans are in the vast minority...It's been two games. Miami is still in the beginning of Year Two of the cleansing of the Wannstache era...Things will be just fine.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Armando actually has to respond to most of this trash. Saban is a good coach. Give Culpepper a chance. Ronnie Brown is absolutely not a bust.

I'm not sure about Mularky, but he is trying to coach with Linehan's offense...Does that really make sense?

10:23 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Everyone: Ronnie Brown is not a bust. If anything, he's proving he is a stud, given the fact he has no OL in front of him.

I understand your frustrations with Mularkey and Culpepper and everything else.

But it's two games, folks. They were not going to win the Super Bowl this year. I said they would be 10-6 and fight for a playoff spot. That can still happen.

Now, as I said on my radio show tonight, if they lose their next two all bets are off. But they won't lose their next two. They should and probably will win their next two games.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous CanesHeatFins said...

Did you know?

Only once since 2000 has a dolphin QB passed with the efficiency of 23/32 for at least 250 yards. And no one since 2003.

And Dante managed to do just that after year away from football, with a new team, new playbook, three reconstructed ligaments, oh and booing fans.

Please reconsider your unrealistic preseason expectations of this man.

Even though he had a stat line that has only been accomplished once in 5yrs by a dolphin QB; I do not think he had a great game. But he certainly does not deserve this negative attention after a peformance that should be judged as average at worst.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team is a long way from being a Superbowl contender. The defensive line is not getting any younger and we will soon need to upgrade there, the offensive line is terrible and needs to be over hauled, the linebacking unit, corners...get the picture! Personally I think the team should start to build its core, the middle of each units line. Bigger, more aggressive defensive NT, bigger stronger players at the Center and Guards. Without a strong core this team will always be middle of the road.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem at right guard?

Hey Armando, Like most Dolphins fans I am upset, but this team is too talented to let the season wash away. Something is going to happen or something has to happen, probably one play to turn this whole train around. However my question is about our often injured right guard spot. Would it be so far fetched to more Carey back over to guard and McIntosh into the starting lineup, or will the Dolphins continue to plug away to find a new right guard? To have more experience across the offensive line? Thanks for answering all these questions for the fans, take care!!

John in Ohio

5:57 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Okay. There are obviously a lot of concerns about this team. Ronnie Brown, Defensive Coordinator, Daunte, O-Line....

Anyone watching the game knows Ronnie Brown is a stud. He averaged 5+ making moves behind the line of srimmage. My question is this: What is the priority? What is the one move that will spark a positive change?

I think it's getting rid of Daunte. At key momements of the game Daunte was either letting the ball slip out of his hands or throwing INT's. How can a team rally around that?

Interested to know what everyone else thinks...

8:27 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Another question...If Daunte needs more time to get used ot the offense and get his timing down - fine...But why can't he throw the ball away instead of taking a sack??? How many times did he stand in the pocket forever trying to find someone and then take a BS sack and make it 2nd and 18 instead of 2nd and 10???

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've have been a Dolphins fan since the LZ & DM days with that famous broken nose look. Great tuff football. Even our youth league team had the Dolphin uniforms. But unfortunately being currently based in MN I have also lived through the DC years here. I truely am impressed as hell that he is evn playing after the injury but I have to be honest with you. What you've seen so far is what you're going to get. The years DC was a Pro Bowler he was surronded by great athletes, more then just Moss, inclding one who lives in your area Chris Carter. DC has always been a good physical athlete but has always seem to lack the abilty to grasp the mental part of the game. In the past he was able to cover up some these gaffs with his ability to run the ball. Can he do that now? When your QB leads the team in rushing, what is that really telling you. Combine that with leading the league in fumbles and interspections and as a fan you have a frustrating year or more. DC will have some good games and he'll win a few but not against playoff teams. I can't remember the last time he took the team down to a victory in the last two minutes of the game. But I can remeber a few where the potential game winning drive ended with a fumble or take away for the opposing team. From one fan to another I wish you luck.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous The Greg said...

leftcoastphinphan, mikemare, Armando, and a couple others,

Thanks for bringing some semblance of sanity to this blog. My head now hurts from reading all the idiocy that was posted here.

To all the haters,

Please, if you do not like what the fins are doing, just stop watching and caring because your comments prove how dumb you really are. Seriously, you guys are calling Ronnie (who is soooo obviously a STUD as a RB), Jason Allen (who has not even really played yet AND was able to cover for the team when we needed a corner), and Nick Saban (who has NEVER, i'll say that again, NEVER had a losing season as a head coach) busts???? C'mon now. I'm not saying that this team is perfect, and certainly not saying that the playoffs are in any way garaunteed, but they are not THAT bad. I mean, we're not Oakland here people!

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. On to the questions... I don't know too much about this new RG we picked up (Whitticker?), any promise that her may be a decent offensive lineman for us, or is he really just a stop-gap due to the injury craziness??? Oh, and how about Alabi, I don't live in MIA anymore and therefore do not get to see any practices, etc. Do you think he has real promise for the future? Lastly, are there any good O-linemen that are in the last years of their contracts/last year with their teams that may be available for us this coming offseason???

Thanks. Some of us who have real questions truly appreciate this forum.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dolphans,duante will be alright and nick will whip up some of his magic and feed to the offense and miami will be back to there old ways and thats winning football.Only one question why doesn't nick go and get lance shulters to help out that defense odf secondary alittle he might not be the answer but its a big help

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Culpepper was behind the "best offensive line in football" at Minnesota. Don't blame your linemen, he just flat out sucks. I suggest you move on, he will never be a quality quarterback. Who came up with the quarterback rating anyway? Whatever happened to wins and losses. Check his record.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

There is an old saying that those who forget history are destined to relive it. The idea that Nick Saban, a good college head coach, will buck the historical trend and become a great NFL coach is laughable. Spurrier, Holtz, Erickson were much better in college (Spurrier also enjoyed success in the USFL) and all failed in the NFL. Jimmy Johnson was a success but was not the person behind the personnel decisions (despite his eagerness to take credit for it). The saving grace for the Cowboys dynasty was the trade engineered by Jerry Jones which sent Herschal Walker to Minnesota. For the next three years, Dallas had their own high picks(they stunk)-plus-Minnesota's(they also stunk). He comes to Miami, is given "FULL CONTROL" and never wins more than 10 games (1998 Marino throws for 23 TDs/3500 yds). So what's my point? Good College coaches are just that, college coaches - I see Saban coaching out his contract (getting relieved of personnel decisions along the way), and going back to what he does best - coaching college.

10:22 AM  

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