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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Chris Chambers to remain with Dolphins

I've been surprised by the venom in the emails I've been getting from fans about the release of some current Dolphins players.

Not because you're upset the team is cutting some vets, but because you're upset at the absence of one player from that list of cuts: Chris Chambers.

Seems Chambers has not endeared himself to the mob with the pitchforks and lanterns, and now, you've made your way up to the castle steps and are demanding his head, too.

Sorry, but it won't happen.

Now before you turn your anger on me, let me say that I understand your frustration with Chambers. He's got a lot of talent. He makes circus catches at times. But he's consistently inconsistent, dropping passes, and even disappearing at crucial times.

I cannot account for the number of dropped passes which last year was pushing double-digits. But, otherwise, Chambers is a solid player who can really be a fine player in the right system with the right QB.

I believe the Dolphins will eventually get to the right system. Mike Mularkey's dumbed-down offense simply didn't work last year and its inability to move Chambers around and make him a focal point of the passing game is one reason the former offensive coordinator has been demoted for the second consecutive year -- from Bills head coach, to Dolphins OC, to Dolphins position coach.

I believe with certainty that Chambers, who is always healthy, who works hard to succeed, who is a good representative of the team off the field, deserves a chance to play in an NFL system that isn't hamstrung by bad quarterbacking or play-calling or, even bad coordinating.

Will he still drop some passes? Probably.

But will he be frustratingly maringalized because other teams roll coverages to him and the Dolphins don't do anything to counter? No.

So Chambers will remain with the Dolphins in 2007, his $7.9 million cap number notwithstanding. The Dolphins probably will adjust that number somehow later this offseason, but it won't be at the end of a shotgun loaded with the threat of taking a pay cut or the door out of Miami.

That's because the Dolphins believe that still largely untapped talent Chambers offers is not worthy of getting cut.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mention the quarterback situation and that's still the big issue right now, obvioiusly. I'd like to see the Dolphins get Brady Quinn in the first round, and sign Green for a year to give Quinn time to develop. Cameron has got to find a QB.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is everyone so sure dante is garbage?!?!?

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

The only time cap numbers are a problem is if it is keeping you from signing other, better players. Already weak at receiver, does anyone really believe the Dolphins could do better than Chambers if they cut him? I do not so I think keeping him is the right move. He flourished the second half of the season under Linehan and I agree with Armando that under the right circumstance, he can once again be a solid WR.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

I meant the second half of the 2005 season under Linehan.

4:19 PM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...

Chambers has shown flashes of greatness. The drops need to be limited for sure, but he is one of the best in the league at making tough sideline catches. Too major things are working against him besides his own miscues(drops). He has had poor coaching (aside from Linehan), and awful QB play. Linehan got the most out of him after tinkering with him for the first few weeks in 2005. I think Cameron will do the same with Chambers as well as the rest of the offensive personnel: put them in positions to be successful. After all, that is why we brought in an offensive-minded coach. I don't think Mularkey was able to do that last year. And it wasn't just Chambers. It didn't seem like anyone was open last year. The only thing that seemed open would be a 5 yard curl on 3rd and 8. Then our WR would drop it because they were trying to make a move before the ball got there, so they could pick up the needed yards. When nobody is getting open, the coaches aren't doing their job. We seemingly have the right coach to jump start our offense. The rest is up to Chris, but I haven't given up on him. To cut him would be a HUGE mistake in my opinion.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

Chris has been inconsistent, but he is a talneted kid that has played with his fair share of QB's. I never thought Chris would be one to be cut.

My concern is the talk of possibly trading for Trent Green. Hopefully Miami is not thinking about trading for a 37 year old QB that in all likely hood will be cut.

I still think Daunte Culpepper can do the job for what it's worth. He just needs to be healthy.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

I don't have an issue with Chambers.....Mare is a different story. They NEED Chambers

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at least as frustrated as the next guy by Chamber's lack of play last year;but,I do know that he is a very gifted receiver and playing under Mularkey is good enough for one free pass.Under Cameron,I fully expect to see the old Chambers again.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous CubanCulebra said...

Package Chris Chambers, the 2 we got from NE, the 6 from Denver and go get Calvin Johnson if he falls to 4.

6'5, 239 lbs with a 4.35 in the 40. <-- If that beast falls with in 5 spots from us, cage it and unleash it upon thy enemies.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green is way over is prime don't waste the money. Quinn is a choke artist. Don't waste a draft choice on him. Draft OL CB WR and DL. You win and loose in the trenches. You could have Dan Marino back but if you can't control the line you are gonna loose period! Draft OL!

7:27 PM  
Blogger quikphish83 said...

Thank you Armando for some intelligence on this subject. Im sick of the Chambers bashing. Chambers is a speedy reciever who runs his routes with accuracy and grace. He is good at catching passes above his belt. His great weakness, his only weakness, is that he cant catch the low pass. It is a problem, and he needs to work hard to fix it, however it is not his fault low passes are being thrown to him.
Some guy was commenting earlier that if chambers caught 10% more of the passes he dropped, Harrington would have been considered a good quarterback. That may or may not be true, but if Harrington threw 10% more decent passes to chambers, chambers would catch nearly 10% more of the passes thrown to him.
If marvin harrison had to deal with the crap that gets thrown on this team, he would have high numbers of drops each year too. It also doesn't help that our quarterbacks cant trust their linemen and are therefore inclined to dump the pass off to slot recievers more quickly than others (Hence Welker 67 catches). What we need to do is sign Donte Stallworth tomarrow so we can put Chambers in the slot and i'll bet money the man catches 90+ passes next year. The other possiblity is to draft Ted Gin Jr. but I would rather use the pick on a defensive tackle or possibly Brady Quinn. Donte Stallworth has the potential to be a 1000 yard reciever if he can stay healthy.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris drops to many passes, but they should not cut him just yet.If he doesn't perform this upcoming season to the standards that are set by the type of money he's making then he should be cut just like our former pass dropping fumbling tight end. No more excuses. He has got be a playmaker. The dolphins should draft Ted Ginn if Brady Quinn is off the board. Please do not draft that under acheiving D-tackle from MEEECHIGAN.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Package Chambers a 2 and a 6 for the 4th pick.
No gm in the world makes that deal.
Chambers has a ridiculous cap number, he isn't worth the equivelant of a 1.
The asking price to move up 5 spots in the top 10 needs a hell of alot more than that pipedream you wish for.
Perhaps we could package daniels and a 4th round to get champ bailey. that idea is as stupid as chambers for the 4th pick.
Please try to be remotely intelligent in your fairy tail dreams.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shoulda kept Welker...Four years of steady improvement from that guy. Huge mistake trading him to a division rival. He's gonna tear it up against us every time we play. Huge mistake.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous jimmy said...

Re: Chambers, he is a good second receiver matched with a gamebreaker like Stallworth. Even better, I'd like to see Dolphins do a deal for Randy Moss. Culpeper and Moss were one of the greatest combos ever -- that would be worth seeing again and again.
Daunte is not done for it. The man was at one time neck in neck with Manning as the best QB in the league. On that potential alone, we should show a little love and patience.
And forget Quinn -- he is another Joey H.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous jon said...

Yea, Chambers is staying, but notice no one said anything about Booker sticking around. Cam likes speed, and Booker is more of a posession receiver(which makes you wonder what's going to happen with Hagen) I think we've seen the last of Marty Booker in Miami

3:17 PM  
Anonymous patrick said...

I'm not going to fall in with this one Armando... I still believe Chambers is the most over rated receiver in the league.

So they roll the coverages to him, but do they not roll the coverages to all the number 1 receivers in the league? Didn't I just read that the Patriots were rolling their coverages to Welker? I love Welker and am sorry he's gone but we're not talking Marvin Harrison here. If the Patriots roll to Welker what are they saying about Chambers?

You admitted we need to move Chambers around in order to get him open. That means he can't handle double coverage and he can't get off the line from a chuck.

I think Cameron has done a lot of good things and I hope he continues, but I'm still not going to change my opinion of Chambers. He could be a good number 2 maybe, but he is certainly not a number one in this league.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Several people alluded to it and I agree that Chambers may flourish if a quality speed receiver who could be considered as a #1 could be drafted or signed. However, as a #1 Chambers is a flop. His fundamentals are horrible for someone who has been playing football at the college and pro level for the last 8 or 9 years.

If it worked cap wise it wouldn't kill me to see him go. If he doesn't go, and it doesn't look like it will happen, then the front office needs to ensure we get a real #1 so that we are not relying on him to the degree we do.

And to use the name "Marvin Harrison" and Chambers in the same breath is ridiculous. That is like night and day.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous finndolphan said...

they're right armando, chambers will never be a quality no.1!he has played a ton of games and still makes the same mistakes!i just read that the pats have signed stallworth so they have to keep chambers for the time being,as no other decent receivers remain,however this is a deep draft for wideouts,so there should be some value there in the second and later rounds,he(chambers)is a cap nightmare at what he is being paid, they should definitely ask him to take a pay cut!

5:47 PM  
Blogger docdan said...

I firmly agree no way do I move on Green. Just the fact they made a call on Green is going to be an issue with Dauntee, I honestly feel they should keep lemon add another QB, and draft a guy to be the one, then get rid of Culpepper he eats up too much cap.
As for Carr I agree he to is going to get the S. Fla natives restless, but the reason he was so bad in Texas was no OL and last I saw Miami OL was as bad if not worse, since they don't have any true starters on the roster.

10:02 PM  
Blogger docdan said...

Now on David Carr, yeah everyone is going to scream for Miami to make a run, but for any first day pick no way, maybe a #6 at best #5 anything higher should be used to go after a Troy Smith or Edwards etc.
Honestly there is no way Culpepper is going to be any thing worth watching, it's to much for him to come back from Miami should move him before he show's his tail

10:04 PM  
Blogger docdan said...

Now Cleo Lemon can we stop acting as if this guy may be a good QB with all that talk about "Lets see if he's the answer" the guy was undrafted and has shown absolutely nothing.
I do say we cut Dauntee or trade him and give Cleo the reigns for this season and draft 2QB's, who we kiddin this season isn't going to amount to anything so might as well use it as an experiment.

10:07 PM  

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