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Friday, October 27, 2006

Have they earned the time off?

It is Friday and Dolphins players are off today.

They are also off Saturday.

They are also off Sunday.

My question is why? This team is 1-6 and on the bye week the players have gotten four days off, considering they were off last Tuesday as well.

I'm not a hater here. I think it's great the players are getting time with their families or a chance to fly back to their alma maters and have some fun. But I think they would be just as well served working Friday and having the weekend off.

Players like Jason Allen would benefit from one extra day of practice at the free safety position he's desperately needs to learn. The receivers that have proven they are quite inconsistent at catching the football could certainly use some extra work. And who is to argue the offensive line wouldn't benefit from a few more reps?

Maybe it's just my blue-collar work ethic, but I don't get it.

Instead of balancing bye week with four days of football and three days off, the Dolphins are breaking it down with three days of football and four days off.

So the team won't be back together until Monday. And then they get next Tuesday off as well.

Your thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is, football is physical sport. Every play requires someone hitting someone, whether blocking or tackling. This is the only time they get an extra couple of days to get over some of those bruises that collect. Your points are well taken, but for the most part, except for the rookies, this is a veteran group that is making mental mistakes. Although the term practice makes perfect, and reps create better performance, do you think that Chris Chambers hasn't caught enough balls in his pro career? But how does he let a ball hit him in the numbers (Jets 1st Pick) and bobble it away. That's mental, lack of concentration. Most of the mistakes are mental, and belaboring them only adds more mental frustration and mental pressure. I think Nick is a very cerebral coach. Maybe this team needs is that extra day off. Belive me we are all searching for the answer. I myself, a 10 year season ticket holder, am as amazed by this teams performance (or lack of) as anybody, but I'm still in Saban's corner. Fan's calling for his resignation don't have a clue. Yu must give Coach Saban at least as much time to rebuild this team as his forunner had to destroy it.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the time off. The team has plenty of issues, but I think they are pressing way too hard. The dropped passes, stupid penalties and missed defensive opportunities are the product of guys thinking too much and not playing free. When a team is losing the brain begins to get in the way of what should be automatic. These guys have been catching passes since grade school. They are thinking they have to make something happen and they are pressing. Getting away from each other and the coaches may be the only thing left to get these guys out of the funk and into automatic mode. It’s understandable Saban would handle the bye week like he has. He’s tried everything else. Just go home and get football out of your heads for a few days.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over it!? I'm sure working over the weekend would allow the Phins to WIN a game?? As good as our offense is playing going against the BEARS??? Three months of practice won't prepare is for that whoopin!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Ken in San Diego said...

I don't mind the players getting tme off to heal, but sounds like the coaches need to be dissecting film of the Bears and trying to come up with a game plan that actually works.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone really believe that extra day of work is going to change the outcome of the game against what will likely be a 7-0 Bears team the following week? Or reverse the season? The answer is "no". The Dolphins have a lot of issues, but I don't believe work ethic is one of them.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Players need to learn to have fun again and the Coaches need to stop thinking too much.. It seems that the coaches could use this time to stop looking at the leaves in the forest and start looking at the forest again.. ie: What worked and What did not.. Two former head coaches as coordinators with a thinker in Saban makes for a lot of thinking about what needs to be done and not much implementation.. Football is a game which in Miami's case is no longer fun! Sure it is a business but did you ever see a team win the superbowl with that was not having some fun? Think about that coaches! Make it fun and simplify the game plan and watch what happens!
Players time off.. Yup.. Coaches and Shrinks time off? Nope!

N.W. Florida and Forever a Dolfan!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're really reaching with this blog!I know that the local media 'has it in' for Saban, but c'mon! An extra practice before the bye week isn't going to do much in regards to the problems. This team needs more talent. Drops and missed INT's and un-timely penalties seem to be centered around the aurora of the team. When things go good, they don't happen. When things go wrong, they multiply.
The local Miami media needs to back off of Saban and let the man build a foundation. It isn't going to happen overnight.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a strange feeling that the Dolphins are going to beat the Bears November 5th.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous f said...

i think saban has thrown in the towel!one more day of practice isn't going to turn this derailment of a season around that's pretty obvious!but you are correct in saying that he is rewarding the players for their incompetance! it's so frustrating watching this team play that i am looking forward to the bye week probably more than the players are!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with the talent on this team there is no hope on how many times you hold practice thanks a lot wannyspeilman for putting us 6 ft under......saban just needs time to fix this mess and he knows it very well.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Kid Neutron said...

They've taken the last 7 Sundays off. What's one more weekend?

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Will Allen said...

Hey I spent $1.99 on a the J.B. "Just Burnt" Brown how to play cornerback DVD. I'm pretty sure I didn't get my money's worth.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Embarassed Dolphin Fan said...

I've had some great memories at the last Fins-Jets game.

It was my favorite game in 2005 game where Miami finally snapped their 4 game losing streak and beat the Jets.

I'm a big dolphin fan and graduated from UF in 2002. I drove down from Orlando with some friends and the best part of the game was when we got to our seats and I sat next to this really cute brunnette Jets fan. She was about 5'2" with blue eyes and a great body and was wearing really tight jeans that showed off her legs and mini-Jet shirt with a white tank top underneath.

At first, I was still a little drunk from the tailgate and I was cursing up a storm in the first half. This was the game we had to win.

So we got to talking as I sobered up around halftime and really hit it off. In the 2nd half instead of her talking to her friends, she was flirting with me as she kept lightly hitting me and elbowing me everytime the Fins screwed up.

As the game neared the end, she asked what I was doing after the game. She suggested I go back with her, get dinner and hang out if I didn't have to get back to Orlando. Well I was staying with my friends at the Courtyard, so I'm thinking forget them and whatever you want to do I'm up for.

Well, needless to say my friends told me I should go to the bathroom to rub one out like Ben Stiller in Something About Mary. Seriously, this Jets girl was turning me on and was really hot. But the thought of getting caught publically masterbating at Dolphin Stadium would've been a story I could never live down.

So I go back with her friends and they drop us off at her place and it was on from there. But this girl was freaky and it scared me.

She ripped off my clothes before the door shut and was all over me. I liked it and was getting hard from the get go. She tells me to get in the bathroom and wants to give me a special AJ Feely play. Well believe it or not she wanted to take a Feel good Leak on me. She said it it won't be sick, we can shower together right after but that giving a guy a Golden Shower gets her so hot at such an orgasmic level that it would be the best sex I'd ever have in my life.

Well, the day was going great and I said I'm game. Thank goodness it was only pea and she didn't have the Mexican at Dolphin Stadium cause if she took a shit on my chest I would've died. Thankfully the golden shower was quick and not so smelly.

We got in the shower and she jerked me off immediately and I came all over he nice titties. We then toweled off and went at it all over her house for the next three hours.

All I had to say at the end of the night was, "When You Say Miami, You're Talking Toilet Bowl!!"

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Sometimes, when things are really bad and you're just banging your head against the need to just get away from the thing and see something different.

I it possible for them to get ANY worse whether they practice Friday or not?

They're players-competitors. They're not TRYING to lose just to tick us fans off! Take a break, get some perspective, see life away from football for a short time and try to suck it up for the final 9.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, I guess you can tell by the response to your blog that you are in the minority on this one. Again. You're trying to get the fans to turn on their team because they get an extra day off on the bye week? Unreal. This is the reason for the bye week. I think you've complained in the past when the Fins had their bye week earlier in the season because they are not as beat up as later in the season. Now they have the later bye week and you feel the rest is unearned. Have you ever played contact football?

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whether a few days rest helps or not,I would think it would be the right thing, the human thing to do......

have any of you out there ever had to cram for a test ,that you cram so much info into your brain that you actually forget more than you remember.A few days of rest & relaxation and you are ready to take the test, the info orginizes it's self into more than jumbuled thoughts.

this team has been under extreme pressure to perform and so much info being crammed down there throats that to step back and digest all that,not saying that in pro football there's much time during the season to do that,but if time allows it might turn up to be the thing to do.At this point in this season it can't hurt.maybe sitting down to smell the roses is what this team needs.

Saban is doing the right thing by letting the team stretch out alittle.It really can't hurt but it could help.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, you guys really hate Saban don't you? It's funny. Wanny never got this treatment 5 years into his dismantling of the franchise. I wonder why? Oh yeah. Wanny let you guys run all over him and talk to his assistant coaches.

Grow up. The players need time away. Not just from football...but from you guys as well.

10:39 AM  
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3:37 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

no' they haven't earned the time off that's friggin obvious!saban is well on his way to his first losing season as a haed coach and has lost control of this so-called "team"! he has drafted as worse or possibly worse than wanny did so far!other than ronnie brown all his early round picks are looking like busts!that is the part that is most disturbing to me! there is no FOUNDATION being built!his coaching choices look just as bad, and his free-agency shopping has been a joke quite frankly!check back in a decade to see what has transpired with this piece of shit team!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have worked hard and so far no returns. So maybe the extended time off will turn things around. Maybe during the time off the coaches would suddenly realize certain things they should try to do. As for the player, maybe all they need is sometime away from football to start fresh.

7:30 PM  
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7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a huge problem with this, but it is frustrating nonetheless.

What is amusing however is the story about the amount of cap room the Dolphins will have next season an worrying about some of their unrestricted free agents like, left tackle Damion McIntosh, defensive end Vonnie Holliday, punter Donnie Jones, snapper John Denney, defensive tackle Keith Traylor, linebacker Donnie Spragan and safety Travares Tillman -- all starters.

Other than Jones is there someone in that list that would be hugely missed? And would it cost alot to retain them?

This offseason is the one that will determine Saban's fate. He will have draft picks and money. Let's see what he can do.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

unrelated to subject, but want to give a shout out to coach Saban. Thankyou for all the hard work in trying to build us a football team that won't let us down some way every season. Building a contender doesn't happen overnight, unless your lucky, so keep your chin up.

Die hard fins fan for +25years
Thomas/san francisco

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Thomas: Your a fuckin' idiot!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's also a faggot! Lives in
San Fagcisco!

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you got your head in a bag of glue anonymous? beat the bears? this team couldn't beat the "bad news bears"!

6:29 PM  

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