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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Game day against the Packers

If you read my story in today's Herald, you know the Dolphins will use their no-huddle, two-minute drill early against the Packers, likely from the first series.

Thank you, God!

The Dolphins definitely need to do something, anything, to start faster than they have the last six games. Look for that today and tell me what you think about it.

I only found one player who didn't like the idea of the no-huddle during the week of reporting I did for the story -- Darian Barnes. It's his opinion that you cannot do a two-minute drill the entire game and after you stop, you still have to find a way to have urgency and momentum in your base offense.

It also isn't to his liking that the fullback is not on the field in the no-huddle so Barnes isn't a fan.

Finally, there is one interesting move by the Dolphins as they set up their inactive players today.

Daunte Culpepper is inactive, meaning he cannot play. The third quarterback today is Marcus Vick.

The other inactives are Travis Daniels, Keith Adams, Fred Evans, Joe Berger, Tim Massaquoi and Kevin Vickerson.


Anonymous Brian said...

Can someone explain to me why Mularkey insists on airing it out like Joey's last name is Manning. Establish the run. There's no excuse for throwing the ball on 1st, 2nd and 3rd down. We spent a the 2nd overall pick on Brown. Give him a shot. Establish the run. Green Bay isn't exactly an intimidating defense.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

Huddle, No huddle, completely befuddled! Steve Mariucchi said a couple of weeks ago, as he brokedown "high" lights of a dolphin game, watching harrington throw inexplicable pick after pick, "thats the Joey I know." What made Saban think Harrington was an insurance policy, as far as I can see, only thing he insures is that the opposing team will get at least 2 picks per game. Hey Saban if you are reading this, GET PEPP on the field, he had 2 td, 3 picks and 60% completeion ptg in 4 gms, conversely Harrington has 7 picks in 3 games. How much more clear does it have to be? Pepp would have got at least 1 win out of these 3 games thrown in the joey toilet. Right now "Joey Harrington gives us the best chance to win" sounds like the ultimate oxymoron.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

It's not Harrington, although he isn't helping, it's Mularkey. You can't tell me we honestly game planned this week for Harrington to throw the ball 40+ times. They're not shutting down the run. We're not getting blown out. Why aren't we running the ball? Ronnie Brown is the kind of running back who you keep running him and come 4th quarter the defense won't want to hit him anymore and he'll finally break one off. He needs to be fired and immediately. I don't care who replaces him.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the win against the Titans was a fluke... Maybe Dan was right about Damon Huard all those years ago...

4:47 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

Carnak the Great predicts Saban, Capers, and "a bunch" of Mularkey to come up with a "can't lose" plan for next Sunday!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't run the thing for crap. Everyone would complain if Mularkey ran the thing and we go 3 and out everytime too. I have no problem with being aggressive. Don't get me wrong Mularkey is a bad coach. No doubt about that. However our problems start at QB and continue at LT.

When running the ball, why are we not putting Ronnie behind barnes and stuffing them up behind Vernon Carey? Why aren't we running play action off of that?

When throwing - have you ever seen this many dropped passes? Notice that it is not one guy but every single one of our receivers? Welker, McMichael,Booker and Hagen all have at least two drops in the last two games. Chambers has only one but we never throw the thing to him anymore so he is a none factor at this point anyway.

If it was one guy it would be easy to dismiss, but the fact that it is all of them is telling. Every guy on this team is trying to not make mistakes. This endless conversation about execution is telling. We can't get it right and we have talented players at ALL offensive skill positions.

We need to draft a QB and LT THIS YEAR. How many years in a row do we need to suck before we figure this out?

Question for the group. If we have a top 5 - 10 pick next year and just for sake of argument there is a good QB available (maybe like a Brian Brohm or someone else even better) but also a DE, LT and CB there. Do you think there is ANY chance Saban would take the QB? How about follow that up with a LT in the second round if a good one was available?

My guess is that it would go CB and DE (which we need both) but that means Culpepper again next year. We will never be a good team with either of these guys at QB! NEVER!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

If the Dolphins draft a QB next year, that would be a gamble at best, and it would definitely ensure the Dolphins of 2-3 years more of rebuilding. Look at the Jets they have 2 rooks on the O-line, 1 at LT and they are 4-3, that's the direction the Fins need to go. Culpepper is not a Bad QB, for goodness sake he had a 60% completion rate, the Fins haven't seen that for awhile. It was gonna take time for Pepp to gel with the new surroundings and mates, look at Big Ben over the past 2 weeks, after acclimating himself. The Knee-Jerk media got in Saban's head, had he just left Pepp in there, at least 1 of those games would have been won. It's not time to consider a QB in the draft, its time to protect the guy behind the o-line.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Culpepper played WORSE than Harrington. I don't care if his completion % was 80%. He couldn't put points on the board and just like in Minnesota he was really good at throwing mind boggling interceptions and fumbling! He has NO CLUE where to go with the ball and like Harrington got most of his stats in the 4th quarter when the game was out of hand.

Of course drafting a QB would be a risk and yes we would suck next year. But drafting a franchise QB is WAY overdue here! Time to suck it up and do that, instead of trying to win the SB next year on these two pigs and an aged defense.

Didn't you watch the first the first 4 games of the year? Culpepper is terrible. What more do you need to see?

6:10 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

Ok, you are right, a 60% completion rate and interception free football does'nt really mean that much. One problem though Harrington has "played better" but hasn't engineered a win, Pepp has, and in the end that's what counts right? And by the way prior to the injury last season Pepp spent 50% of his career starting in the pro bowl, he has 43 less int than Peyton (who is the best in the biz). Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet, I'm not in a rush to see the Fins draft Rick Mirer Jr. Saban's news conference explains the Fins woes, quote "I can't coach guys who make mistakes," ummm I thought that was the essential element of coaching disciplining your players to limit their mistakes.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

u can't hang this load of crap on mularkey or anyone else! this is saban's puppy and he has failed miserably! all his draft picks suck and he is officially kotite material! hire anyone even wanny to replace him now!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Kid Neutron said...

Hey Armando - It looks like several members of the offense should have been included on the inactive list.

Hey McMichael, do me a favor, and just smack them to the ground so nobody ELSE catches them.

And Tillman? Are you friggin kidding me? Maybe during the bye week you can practice by catching a cold. Doubt it.

8:50 PM  
Blogger lazzyEddie said...

sup Armando, we are 1&6 now, hey if you go to you can vote for worst coach in the NFL, which all ready happens to be Nick at 14% of oct
hey I agree with the no huddle offense, but if you are gonna use it make sure you model it after the bills of the 90's. It's time to make trades for next year.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy Smith, Brady Quinn, or my favorite, Dan Marino? How about Kelly from the phins cheerleaders, she'll throw more TD's than Mr. Love Boat and tea sandwhiches combined.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...


7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woe is me- Or better yet, woe is anyone on the Phins that should be able to catch a ball and can't. The WRs all had the dropsies today. McMike was responsible for the 10 point difference himself. The DBs couldn't catch a ball if it was tossed underhand to them. These are the fast guys who wanted to be WRs in high school but couldn't catch a cold. They're branded as DBs for life. Exceptions: Deon Sanders, Ronde Barber and Charles Woodson.
Start thinking top ten draft pick. QB, LT, DE, WR, LB.
Phins can't lose this week. Can't win either!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if we get a top 5 pick we need to trade it for more picks. Draft a cornerback and the interior of the offensive line,,, and get some players in free agency that could help this team right away into an elite team. We dont need a quaterback hasn't any one ever seen a healthy Culpepper and what he can do. Finally fire Mularkey, and get someone that can get our offense averaging 30 points a game. I thought this season they would be averaging at least 28 points per game but Mularkey has them headed in the wrong direction

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami FL. -- A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Miami courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.

The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him .

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Miami Dolphins, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone

1:14 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Most people on here seem to live in some Madden dreamworld. There are no quick fixes to the problem the Dolphins are having.

Their secondary is awful and the defense as a whole gives up 2 or 3 backbreaking plays a game, it has been happening to that great defense for years.

The offense has lacked consistancy, no matter who the QB has been since Jimmy Johnson came to town. The OL is a joke. The skill positions seem to have a lot of football talent but little good talent does when it is not put to use. The receivers are very talented but they do not concentrate long enough to catch the ball on a consistant basis.

I am not a football expert but I watch enough football to know that this season has been a combination of medicore coaching, bad luck, and most importantly, a lack of quality talent.

It would be nice if posters were realistic in their demands and suggestions, the trade deadline for this season is over. When the Fins had the #2 pick a few years back they desperately tried to trade down but they couldn't. It would be nice if everyone was Mike Ditka and would give up whole drafts (oh wait, Rick Speilman was close) for one player.

The rebuilding process will be a long one, made longer if Saban is fired after this year or the next. Wanny left this team in shambles and it will take a few more years to get back to respectibility. Hopefully Saban is still around to complete the task because if he is fired that just sets the process back a few more years.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need to get another QB. Culpepper behind an good OL is a Pro Bowl QB and will lead the Dolphins to the Super Bowl. The Dolphins need to address the OL and DL through the draft and free agency. The top teams in this league have good a good OL and DL. Just look at the Pats for all the changes that they have made they always seems to put their resources in the draft on adequate o-linemen and d-linemen. This is the reason why the Pats are always in the hunt. The Dolphins have not adequately addresed their O-Line since the days of Shula and have not adequately addressed its D-Line since the days of Jimmy Johnson. Folks, this only takes a two-year period to turn this problem around and lead to the Dolphins becoming Super Bowl contenders year after year just like the old days.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

how can anyone say that this team will be a contender in a few more years?in a few more years most of the defence will be retired!the only draft pick that saban has made that looks even remotely decent is ronnie brown and he was second overall!everyone else pretty much sucks!and his free agent signings and coaching selections can all be questioned!" afew more" years of this crap and you morons will be longing for wannys return!

5:54 PM  
Anonymous cappy said...

Saban should have gutted the team when he came in last year. His top 2 personnel moves, Dante and Brown are average at best. Year 2 is now a washout and he will be coming into year 3 with huge holes in the offline, dbacks and an aging dline/middlelb. The 5 yr plan is running out of time!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't emphasise how deep the shit-pile this team is mired in enough! jason taylor is 32yeaRS OLD AND THE TEAMS only effective pass rusher! no one else is worth a crap! matt roth is a total bust and should be cut!the secondary is in even worse shape! will allen is the best of what probably is the worst group in team history! the o-line is in need of a total overhaul as well! the wideouts stink to high heaven! the tight end is a wife beating nut-job who couldn't catch the dose in a whorehouse!qb don't even go there! if i had season tickets i would burn them in front of nicks house!

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with Vickerson and Evans? Why aren't they getting time on the field? How can they be expected to show if they can play or not when they're inactive? I'm really starting to lose my patience with Nick Saban, the head coach (Nick Saban the GM is already suspect in my opinion). Dave Wannstedt was afraid of playing rookies because he was afraid that they would make mistakes in critical parts of games. I cannot see how that might be any worse than what we've seen from "butterfingers" Chambers and "hands of stone" McMichael...

4:05 PM  

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