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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Jets gameday is here

First the news: The Dolphins today are moving L.J. Shelton from starting left tackle to starting right guard. Damion McIntosh is moving from right guard to starting left tackle.

The shuffle is evidence how horrible the right guard position has been for Miami this year.

Meanwhile, it is truly a beautiful day at the Meadowlands. Cool, sunny, perfect day for football, and I want to suggest you pay attention to a couple of issues as this game between Miami and the Jets unfolds.

The Jets are 28th in the NFL at stopping the run so this would be a perfect day for Ronnie Brown to finally have a monster game. I'm talking 140 yards or so, considering the Jets have yielded at least 147 yards rushing in each of their last four games.

Also, the Jets are poor starters for some reason. They have not scored a first-quarter point all season. We'll see if the Dolphins can extend that streak against them today.

Finally, it will be interesting to see if Joey Harrington improves off last week's performance. He must. It's good he was more decisive than Daunte Culpepper and more moblie than Culpepper and all that other stuff you've already heard about. But he did throw two interceptions and no touchdowns last week.

So let's see if he can avoid the big turnover and actually get the team in the end zone today.

One more thing: The Culpepper bashing was all over the Sunday morning pregame shows. The CBS show did a film study on how Culpepper was holding the football too long. Duh.

The Fox show had Terry Bradshaw taking this swipe at Culpepper: "I never was a Culpepper fan because I thought Randy Moss made him the great quarterback that he was in Minnesota. Without Moss, Culpepper is a just a good quarterback."

So let me know what you think of the game as it happens, at halftime, and of course, afterward.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the CBS show didn't run a couple of weeks ago. Then maybe Saban would have got a clue and taken Culpepper out then.

We have already played weak teams against the run without much luck. I hope its different this time. I sure don't want to see us 14 points behind with Joey throwing on every down. It wont be pretty.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

until now... AWFUL!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: Do we have the worst set of receivers in the NFL? Half time: Chambers 1 for 6 - dropped catches from Chambers (intercepted), Hagan and Welker. At least Booker isnt playing to drop one as well(or fall down before the ball gets to him ....). Damn this is bad....

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Papo from calle ocho, Miami said...

Armando, why can't we score touchdowns? What the heck? I'm going to go off on Nick if we get shut-out. I thought he was going to put the players in the best position to succeed? Put the players in the end zone and score td's Nick. Bitch at Mularkey if you have to ... Nick ... gameplan to score some td's old man! Why can't the receivers manage to catch the football? Especially when the football is thrown right to their hands? I dunno. I'll give props to the D so far ...

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Blue: Fins have gotten to the point of total embarsement. Next free dolphin give away will be paper bags for the first 35 thousand fans to show (if that many do).

Can someone tell me why our number one pick can't play? Is he hurt, does he stink that bad, is he really Jamar Fletcher?

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We┬┤ll have a 1st pick in the draft this year.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team is just a joke.


The LITTLE man is all show and no GO!

I just can't believe it has come to this. Mangini and the other young buck at the Saints show their players that they have guts and additude.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous DennisT said...


Didn't think our offense could look worse than Wanny Feely show. Boy was I wrong. This falls on the shoulders of Mularkey. I haven't seen this unimaginative of play calling since um, never. And the biggest problem? We won't get rid of the o-coordinator until the season is over, which, incidently it now is.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could put those monkeys over at on a headset and get better playcalling than this. Question, is there an invisible barrier that prevents Harrington from throwing more than five yards down field? This is the most offensive offense I seen since my junior year in high school when we scored 3 points all year. If you want to know what a frontal lobotomy looks like, check out Mularkey before a play call. Damn Raiders, I can't even call this team the worst in the country.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous dennisT said...

I'm going to have a freakin embolism if I continue to watch this team. I have faith in Nick, but Mularkey is just that, full of his last name. Hey, its time for the Brady Quinn sweepstakes, need some voodoo help with the Raiders though. Oh by the way I was the anonymous under the DennisT comment

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

We go for it on fourth and one from the 29 down only three, but not from the 1 down 6. Doesn't make any sense.

Most importantly, Mularkey is horrible. He ruined Willis McGahee last year and hes doing the same to Ronnie. The Jets can't stop the run, yet he comes out and throws on first down. Just run the damn ball until they stop it.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Ian M said...

I agree, Mularkey has to go, worst OC by far, negative and unimaginative, lets pray we do worst than the raiders and snag Brady Quinn in the draft.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Nando said...

We are done Saban is a IDiot.

We wont win another game the players will give up on him. Better try to get a good first round pick.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was pathetic - by both teams! WE SUCK! Can't wait for the huge silver lining about the near comeback this week. Culpepper, Harrington, Shelton, McIntosh and James ALL need to be replaced THIS offseason! NO more excuses and if Saban won't do it than we are doomed to more of the same not just next year but every year that we don't do anything abou this.

We need to change our offensive philosophy as well. We are just NOT a power running team. Brown is also not the guy we want to hang our hat on. Good player, but not the guy who is going to drive this thing.

I really hope there isn't a six game winning streak to end this season as I belive the one from last year actually hurt us. However, even if we are in the position to draft a QB and OLT next year don't you get the feeling that we won't? That we will take defensive players, which we need, but in the end QB and OLT will be ignorned and our undoing YET AGAIN!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

Ok, its official Saban is the new Spurrier, why when you have 33 seconds and 1 timeout do you take a chance with 51 yard field goal. Its ridiculous, why not run one more play to get a little closer for Mare or god forbid score 6 pts. No doubt in my mind he used Culpepper's benching after the Texan game to camoflauge his own deficiencies as an NFL Head coach. Let's look at some of his decisions he drafted Travis Daniels (a former collegiate player at LSU, Saban's former Player, what other former NCAA/NFL coach did that during his stint? hmmm), an injury prone bust so far, he hired Mularkey, whose offense was just brilliant in Buffaloe, he didn't go all out to get a real receiver like T.O. (yeah I said it) and he decided to have Ronnie Brown throw his first NFL pass at the most crucial point in the Texan game (an that's when Spurrier had his epiphany about Culpepper's lingering injury). The real problem though is none other than Wayne Huizenga, he helped force Don Shula out for the media darling Jimmy Johnson, he then went along for the ride when Wannstendt took over the reigns, and now he went along with the Peter Kings of the world who acted as ad hoc publicist/agents foor Saban. Brad Childress, Gary Kubiak, Scott Linehan (now 4-2 in STL) were all out there as proven NFL commodities, but because the Saban trumpets were blowing, Huizenga tapped to the tune, and now the Dolphin's sit 1-5 with a benched Quarterback who was chose by Spurrier over hmmm Drew Brees (now in N.O. 5-1). Who knows maybe down the road Saban will be a great coach like Belichick, but why do the Fins have to be his Browns.
Oh well at least basketball season is very, very close!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I hope the local networks show a replay of the last play before the missed FG. If they do watch closely and you will see why Joey Harrington sucks! The Jets conerback blizted on the Dolphins right side leaving a Dolphins receiver wide open for the first down. Instead, Joey automatically throws to his left for an incompletion. Folks Harrington did not play a good game. The Jets defense thought the game was over in the 4th quarter and relaxed. Also, Joey threw 2 more INT's. Also for you guys hoping the Dolphins can get Brady Quinn next year. Are you kidding me? Have you guys seen him play this year? Brady gets happy feet anytime a defender come close to him. Brady reminds me of Joey. The Dolphins should concentrate on upgrading the O-Line in the 2007 Draft because the team that gets a top 3 pick and chooses Brady Quinn will be in the same situation as the Detroit Lions when they wasted a 1st round draft pick on Joey Harrington

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

curseof13, I totally agree with you. This team is doomed from top (Huizinga)to bottom. I wonder how long Mularkey will stay on the job. Jez, just before halftime, we are just down 3 and they go for it on 4th and 1 ? What the f..k ? What's wrong with this dude ? Is Saban stupid enough to keep this guy doing the play calling ?

8:52 PM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

Stick a fork in em. they're done. As long as Mularkey is around this Offense is not going anywhere. Playing for what the rest of the year? Pride? Ha ha. This team is a joke.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travaris Tillman needs to be benched. He is awful. Let Jason Allen play.

Mularky needs to be fired. Promote someone with an imagination.

Hagan showed some guts. Lets let him play some more and see if he has anything.

Sammy Morris did nothing. Lee Suggs or Travis Minor are better.

Harrington was okay, but I would like to see what Clea Lemon has. Marty Shottenheimer loved this kid, and he is a coach that developed Brees and Rivers.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

It is a long season but this one is probably over. I am sure none of the players want to admit it, much less the coaches. I agree with a few others on here that Allen should now be playing. Culpepper is the long term solution here at QB so playing Cleo Lemon would not be all that beneficial. Get the young guys playing on the OL and the DL to see what they have. I would love to see some of the older DLs traded for some draft picks but I doubt that will happen. I agree that Hagan needs to see the field more but he absolutely killed the Dolphins with 2 horrible drops yesterday, one on 3rd down and another in the end zone.

We all knew Saban had a tough job when he took over for the empty mustache last year and I will not jump on the bankwagon calling for his or the coaches heads. They don't throw the ball downfield because that requires decent blocking by the OL, which does not exist. I agree with the post that they should have gone for it on 4th and 1 at the goalline, it shows confidence and moxy.

Here is hoping for better days . . .

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is just sad, plain and simple.

I sent and email to a friend predicting what would happen..

"Dolphins D will keep it close for the first 3 or so quarters and then will sh*t the bed with some stupid break down"

That break down was called Eddie Jackson, the same guy who got beat by Cole's double move is the same guy who dropped a SURE game winning INT return for a TD.

Its so sad, do you think I can get my $$$ back from Direct TV?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is just sad, plain and simple.

I sent and email to a friend predicting what would happen..

"Dolphins D will keep it close for the first 3 or so quarters and then will sh*t the bed with some stupid break down"

That break down was called Eddie Jackson, the same guy who got beat by Cole's double move is the same guy who dropped a SURE game winning INT return for a TD.

Its so sad, do you think I can get my $$$ back from Direct TV?

1:34 PM  
Blogger Curseof13 said...

Hey Joseph, I agree with you Culpepper is the long term solution for the Fins, he should be playing now. Saban botched that whole situation, Culpepper was getting more comfortable with the offense and his new mates. Pepp has a 60 completion percentage, and only 3 picks in his 3 games. Horrible Harrington has 4 picks in 2 games, 1 thrown directly to a jet defender. This is what Saban thinks is beneficial to team chemistry and play. Pepp was getting sacked too much yes but the o-line were responsible for some of that, and I would have much prefered to see Harrington take a sack in the Jets game than to see him throw a drive killing-horrendous interception straight to a Jet defender. Saban's NFLing coaching ability has to be questioned when he can't throw a replay flag properly allowing the opposing team to get the'put away' TD, decides to have a running back throw his first NFL pass at the most crucial point in a game, decides not to go for a chip shot FG in the first half of the jets game, and than decides to hold onto a time out with 33 seconds on the clock, an extra down, a running back running well, yet with all that to consider, Saban decides to kick a 51 yard field goal (squandering a rare good Joey Harrington drive ). It makes you wonder does this guy know WTH he is doing. Part of Pepp's problem was an absent running game, disappearing receivers, a terrible o-line, and his limited ability to move. Notice I listed his so-called limitation last because a Joey Harrington at his best, is still not half as good as a hobbled Pepp with those very same preceeding elements in place. Dictactor like coaching and Machevillian tactics do not always equate to being a good NFL coach (a'la Parcells, Belchick, ect, ect) like I've said Saban maybe a future NFL Hall of Famer, but Fins shouldn't have to play the role of the Browns in his ascension to Coaching preeminence.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Papo from calle ocho, Miami said...

Hey Armando, what the frick? What exactly are we good at on the Dolphins? Like ... are we the best 1-5 pro football team? The people laugh at us and point. Some wag their fingers. How do we fulfill the goals we set out to fulfill? Goals such as execution, discipline, those types of things et cetera? I dunno. Can you shed some light on our options and also, can you ask Nick -- What the frick Nick? You're the leader and we are following you, where are we going and how much longer do we have to hang our heads in embarrassment? Armando, I thought they were going to take it to the next level and dominate?

12:49 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hey Armando,

If the Cardinals and Ravens can fire their o-coordinators for poor performance, why don't the Dolphins do the same?

4:59 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...


How do the Dolphins plan to use Vick? Will he start returning kicks so Welker can become more involved in the offense or is he just a gimick guy? Thanks

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the thing about Saban. When I click on video of his press conferences, just hearing him serve up the same old platitudes, I now instantly want to turn it off. The way he speaks is just very un-engaging. And I've grown sick of him after hearing him maybe 7 times since August. I wonder if his players aren't doing the same thing. Hearing Saban repeat himself, impatiently, not very eloquently. Maybe that is one of the reasons all these players are playing as if they are mind-numb, and barely able to make a serious effort.

9:39 AM  
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11:05 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

┬┐Armandito, a donde va?

4:53 PM  

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