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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Offensive line still a worry for Dolphins

Following the draft and all but the last vestiges of free agency, I look at the Dolphins and still wonder how it is all going to come together with this offensive line.

The Dolphins expended a second round pick on Samson Satele this year and that is a good sign because, for the longest time, this team hasn't put enough resources into the improvement of the O-line.

Jimmy Johnson addressed the line on the cheap and Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban weren't much better. Consequently, the Dolphins have struggled to mount a consistent running game and haven't exactly been the Great Wall of China on pass protection, either.

But there could be help on the way -- at least in the interior of the line -- if Satele is the player the Dolphins think he is. If he's that player, he could be a starter at guard before the season is out.

And why not? A second round pick at a position of dire need should certainly be good enough to challenge for a starting job right away if not win it outright.

Another reason to feel good about the line's interior is that Joe Toledo is apparently healthy following his lost rookie season. Remember he was a pretty fair investment also as a fourth round pick. Given the fact that by the start of the regular season he will have had 1.5 training camps, a full season of attending meetings, and this offseason's conditioning program under his belt, I don't think it a reach to expect him to challenge for a starting job.

Combined with Rex Hadnot, who can start at either center or guard, and vetern Chris Liwienski as a backup, the Dolphins seem set in the interior of the line. Of course, this on the expectation the team did a good job of drafting the two players I just mentioned and everyone stays healthy.

The tackle spots are another matter.

The team is moving Vernon Carey from right tackle to left tackle. Cam Cameron is confident this move will work. "I looked, I watched him, I watched what [Hudson Houck] was doing with him and I talked to our scouting staff," Cameron said.

"I talked to Randy Mueller before we got in this draft. I said, in my view, we've got a guy who can develop into the kind of left tackle we're looking for. Is that going to happen? We're going to find out."

Methinks they're going to find out Carey is a fine right tackle, but for reasons of agility, mobility and quicks on his feet, Carey could struggle against premier edge rushers as a left tackle. I just don't see him making the change successfully.

Remember the Dolphins tried him at LT his rookie year? It didn't go very well as the experiment lasted about two weeks. Or was that two minutes? Sure, Carey has improved since then. But this is asking him to make a leap.

As for right tackle, the team has penciled L.J. Shelton into the spot. Let me see ... Shelton was the team's worst graded fulltime starter when he was the left tackle early last year. He's never really been solid with either Arizona or Cleveland before he came to Miami. So the Dolphins expect an epiphany?

It's clear the Dolphins need to upgrade their tackle spot. I know this. You know this. And even the Dolphins (I hope) know this.

Otherwise why would Cameron have corrected a reporter over the weekend when the reporter (not me) mistakenly said the coach said he was comfortable with that position.

"Did I say comfortable," Cameron said. "I don't think when you're trying to grow offensively you're going to sit here at the end of April and say we're comfortable."

54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need OTs like plants needs sunshine...

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you on Shelton I see them looking for someone to compete with him on the right side. Maybe we could use Alabi on the left side I don’t know why but I just seem him not becoming a super star LT, but a very solid player at that position. Let’s just see if he can stay healthy, and just keep Carey on the right side. He’s been doing well at the RT spot. I would (NOT) mess with that if it ain’t broken leave it alone. I believe Carey finally picked up confidence at his position. Leave him alone!!!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the team would've tried to address the LT position in the draft, but for some reason they're sold on either Vernon Carey or Anthony Alabi at that spot. L.J. did well at RG last season, so maybe the right side of the line is probably a better fit for him. I'll say this, if either Vernon Carey or Anthony Alabi can't get the job done this season. We'll be looking at another top ten pick in the 2008 NFL Draft trying to grab either USC's Sam Baker or Michigan's Jake Long. Pray that sombody steps up to the challenge between now and Opening Day.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not been on here in a while, and I have not looked at what some of your bloggers have been writing, I see even you have not gotten your head on straight either.

Placing all faith in new picks rather than utilizing what you have. Armondo... you are the biggest bull shitter I know. I guess it is the new age era thing. You know, if it breaks just throw it away and buy a new one. All I hear is buy, trade, draft with no talk of using the talent that is there.

As I have said, about Harrington, his failure is not his own undoing, but the lack of training and support from his being drafted to Detroit, and then with the moron's Saban had here. Joey, as well as the other players not showing their full potential, is the lack of coaching. If we had or have the correct coaching they as well as the new men coming should produce.

Did you ever think of the other weaknesses here, and if they have been corrected with the hiring of Cam and his crew. These individuals your so quick on releasing if given the adequate training, just as the new, and newly aquired trades have to learn the system.

Always the quick fix...

no brain suggestions...

thinking the grass is always greener on the other player...

Learn to do your job right Armando, quit copying what the other sports papers & mags print. You are just as many of the babies here... babbling on and on and saying nothing.

the only thing you and the rest are correct on is needing a franchise QB. But we will screw that up if Cam follows your thinking... after all you wanted Culpepper, and not Brees who did a remarkable job last year.

People as most of you who come on here makes it impossible to enjoy talking or watching the game at a bar or stadium because you have yet to grow up and think about what you say, and how you act.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Neerav said...

One of the biggest things about building an offensive line is unity. The unit needs to grow together. I like the thought of the following starters:

LT - Carey
LG - Satele
C - Hadnot
RG - Toledo
RT - Alabi

The fins aren't going to win the super bowl, we are going to rebuild. Why not let the young line grow together.

Good thoughts Armando!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Armando is dead on accurate in his analysis again. Except I'm thinking Hadnot is better at guard and Satele should be the C. But that would be decided in camp not here.

Good call A.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Tom in Nashville said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your first point, in that we appear to be set with a wealth of potential on the interior line, but Tackle is the concern...

I understand that Ginn is a big time talent at PR/KR and hopefully one day he will be a fine WR. That being said, I really wish we would've taken LT Joe Staley with that 9th pick.

Why? Because as other have pointed out already, the right side of the line (LJ at RG and Carey at RT) was an effective solution last season. I really think disrupting that unity for what amounts to non-guaranteed results will only set the whole line back however long the experiment lasts.

If we can grab just one quality LT as other teams make their cuts, I think that will REALLY help us for the duration of this season. Something like LT Kevin Schaffer now that the Browns have Joe Thomas is a possibility. We can then burn our top pick(s) in 2008 on a cornerstone LT.

I have the utmost faith in Cam and Mueller, but this is a glaring, gaping hole in our rosters current makeup...

8:47 PM  
Anonymous johnb said...

JUST PRINTED OUT YOUR BLOG POST AND USED IT TO WIPE MY BUTT...

REALLY, WOMAN, CAN WE GET SOME FOOTBALL ANALYSIS INSTEAD OF REPEATING WHAT ALL OF US KNOW ALREADY?!?

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Terry said...

"I have not been on here in a while, and I have not looked at what some of your bloggers have been writing, I see even you have not gotten your head on straight either." You should go back to where ever you were at...Harrington doesn't play for the Phins anymore (your comments about him are worthless)...Armondo never said he was placing all his faith in the new guys (again your comments are worthless and fabrications)...when a player leaves as a free agent it is his choice not the fault of the coaches..(again you are off the mark but by now we aren't surprised)...your final parting wisdom was "People as most of you who come on here makes it impossible to enjoy talking or watching the game at a bar or stadium because you have yet to grow up and think about what you say, and how you act. " Well lets see I agree you should grow up and stop being the I told you so (brees)that you want us to believe you wanted over Culpepper...Please do us a favor and go back to the Jets blog or where ever you came from...you insulted all of us with your comments and I for one wish you would just go away for good!!!

9:13 PM  
Anonymous PhinsRulz said...

Well said Terry. He was a jerk and apparently to afraid to leave his name,what a chump.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Hey Johnb, seriously, get a job so you can start buying toilet tissue.

Meanwhile, I'm glad you're keeping my words close to your brain.

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, I want to say that the silent majority supports your blog. Don't let some idiot who posts under different names/anonymous ruin what could be a good discussion.

I would certainly support deleting any post that personally insults you or any other poster rather than discussing the issues at hand.

There is no reason to clutter up what would otherwise be a good blog.

The Fins are clearly in a rebuilding mode on offense and the LT is the most position position needed besides QB. I guess they figured Carey is the most talented Tackle so they might as well give it another shot but I doubt he is the LT of the future even if he plays there this year.
DG

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

##An Urgent Appeal to the Miami Herald Editors##

Replace Armando Salguero with Barry Jackson!!!

Just read his recap of his interview with Randy Mueller -- that's how to interview a football GM. Actually I came away with new insights -- been so long to get that feeling after being bored to tears with Armando.

Promote Jackson, Fire Salguero!!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous John123 said...

"when a player leaves as a free agent it is his choice not the fault of the coaches"

Not always true. Wes Welker wanted to extend his contract at the beginning of the season last year but Saban wasn't interested. I can only imagine how cheap it would have been to keep him at that point. Yes, we got a 2nd and a 7th and I am happy with that but I think we were lucky there.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous jed said...

Most readers of your blog don't know it, but Armando is just piecing together various quotes from press conferences over the last month. Educate yourself and go to miamidolphins.com. You can get the same info and quotes there -- and without the crappy analysis polluting your brain.

That said, the offensive line IS in need of more than a new left tackle. Actually, do agree Carey is not the solution. I think re-signing Jeno James might not be a bad idea if the man is healthy. He is a more than decent guard when healthy.

Mueller is right, however, whether the Dolphins are a contender this year will come down to QB.

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the way everyone comments on here you would think they had the track record of developing pro bowl lineman but as we all know that is huck's job and i think he know what he is doing. We are rebuilding but who says we can't make the playoffs while doing so. I see the dolphins suprising everyone this year. We are on the right track and everyone will see this season!

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Greg, here's another good piece of Dolphin commentary:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/dolphins/content/sports/epaper/2007/05/03/a1c_george_0503.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=46

I am less critical of Mueller than this guy at the Palm Beach Post, but you got to wonder about them when they put so much hope in getting a washed up, 37 year old QB like Trent Green. The future is Daunte and Beck, forget Green already. Plenty of other competent backup QBS out there.

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to say but the kid from central mich. Drew M will be strating at center with Hadnot moving along side Shelton.Drew has a nasty mean streak and plays like a mad man...trust me you people will be impressed

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando, I think you're right about our line. We all know you build a team from the inside-out. And I believe Cary at LT is really just a stop gap.

When we do hammer down a solid LT, Cary will go back to RT. All in all though, I do believe we are seeing a shift in philosophy at OL and I welcome it.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

I've been told the Dolphins will not re-sign Jeno James.

10:20 AM  
Blogger JinVA said...

One thing if you followed last years training camp...Toledo was VERY close to getting one of the starting guard positions prior to getting hurt. If he can get back on track through training camp this year I think the interior of our line will be VERY solid. With Toledo, Hadnot, Satele, Lewinski, and Mormino we have a good core.

As said...the issue is only having Carey, LJ, and Alabi at tackle. I know Lewinski has played some, but that is not much depth if we have an injury. Just imagine if CAREY got hurt! Down the drain we'd go!

We'll have to hope and pray someone servicable is made available in the June 1st cuts.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Brent Baragar said...

The Dolphins have talked about trading Marty Booker or Daunte Culpepper. Just wondering, if there would be a possibility of picking up a left tackle in the near future???

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Carey was tried at LT before he didn't do a very good job and he said he wasn't comfortable at LT and didn't like playing there. It seems as though moving him back there is a sign they don't have a solution and have no other options at this point. It seems like they would have put a little more priority on LT in the draft as there were some other LT prospects in later rounds of the draft and they did not address it. I like Cam and Mueller and I can understand their logic in picking Ginn and Beck other than Quinn but I just don't understand the lack of attention of LT?

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry but i don't know what you were smoking before posting on your blog, Armando...but Shelton was hardly the "worst" OLineman. Shelton was a great runblocker and solidified the RG spot. The RT spot needs to be a good runblocker. Shelton is made for teh spot. Sorry, had to go there.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said: "Learn to do your job right Armando, quit copying what the other sports papers & mags print. You are just as many of the babies here... babbling on and on and saying nothing.

Wow...talk about babbling on and saying nothing. The only thing I got from your post was that you're sour Joey Harrington was released. Amazing how all those other teams in the league were clamoring for his underutilized skills eh? If he hadn't signed as Atlanta's backup he was probably headed for Canada.

High horse much?

11:34 AM  
Anonymous eli said...

Looks to me like the Dolphins biggest need/priority is clearly Left Tackle. Once that is solved, the rest of the line should come together I think. It did last year, too, when McIntosh stepped up.

After LT/offensive line, Dolphins clearly need to straighten out the Daunte situation. If the man is healthy, I say we go with him. Am not sold either with Trent comining in here unless he is fine to being a backup if necessary (assuming Daunte is not released and outplays him in training camp). My guess is Daunte has told Cam he is fine with Green coming in here, so my guess is its not such a done deal he is going to be released (as Armando has prematurely reported repeatedly in recent weeks).

QB and Oline are the priorities. Though, am also not convinced David Martin is the answer at TE, what you think?

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RT is not the same position as LT like you said... Shelton is a slower big bodied guy who can do much better at the RT spot not going up against the speed rushers he faced at LT...

the RT spot needs more strength than speed/footwork, Shelton might work there, dont shrug him off without seeing what he can do at that spot... he was a bad LT, doesn't mean he cant be a good RT...

12:48 PM  
Blogger Cesar said...

Armando, is there anyone left out there in free agency to help bolster any position on the O-Line ... I don't know who is available. Is anyone worth the effort or is too late to even bother for this season.

If I were the Dolphins I would bring in a bunch of college free agent kids to camp and see what they have to offer - you never know!

I PRAY that C-Pep comes back in some way so that he can either challenge for a starting position is is good enough trade bait to get a lineman.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, everything will have to go our way in order for the line to be effective...no injuries and quick progress from toledo and satele
But remember, we upgraded our FB position with schlesinger...i'm sure that will come in handy especially on the running game
Also, I LOVED the fullback we got from hawaii, MAUIA...get him and ronnie together that's 500lbs running at ya...
By the way, is it just me and could we see cameron going for a lot of 4th and 1's with mauia running the ball...kinda like what pittsburgh liked to do with bettis
Aggressive playcalling was something we haven't had lately
Great draft!!!
brady quinn is just a ESPN cover boy

3:22 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Couple of things: When he was at LT, Shelton was not good. Fact is he was the worst of the starting linemen. Period. There's a reason he's not moved back to LT now.

As to a trade for a LT, I don't know of anyone available that would make a difference.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous wilfin said...

Armamdo, Gotta love those cowards who criticize you and then remain anonymous. Probably a Jets fan!
Regarding the cutting of Vick and Wright. There is no room on an NFL roster for marginal players and good teams understand this. As much as I hate 'em, you have to give the Patriots credit for the depth of their talent. You don't see big drop offs in ability between 1st and 2nd stringers. For too long the Dolphins have carried players who had limited abilities and minimal contributions. Cutting the dead wood sends a message that there's a new sheriff in town. It's says to everyone at camp that there's new slots on the roster but you better bring your A-game everyday if you want it. Starting afresh with new talent is the right call.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Mike Eagan said...

When one makes his money from writing, one should know basic grammar.

"The Dolphins expended a second round pick on Samson Satele this year and that is a good sign because, for the longest time, this team hasn't put enough resources into the improvement of the O-line."

Do you even know what is wrong with this sentence?

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Mike Eagan said...

Here is a clue. You did it again in the next paragraph.

"Jimmy Johnson addressed the line on the cheap and Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban weren't much better."

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't understand why Toledo wasn't tried at tackle last year. He was converted to LT from TE at UW, and a guy that large with the capability of playing TE SHOULD have the athletic ability and feet to properly play the position.

Just my opinion.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how the same guy criticizing Armando keeps logging in under different names to make it seem like there is a groundswell against him.
You don't fool anyone. Stop littering this blog. If you don't like Armando and don't feel he's qualified, stop reading his blog and his articles.

Back to the 'Fins.
I think to paraphrase Rummy, you go on the field with the OL you have, not the OL you want. It will probably work out for the Dolphins about as well as it did for Rummy until they find a stud LT.
DG

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DG: yes, we know you his biggest supporter in more ways than one.

Does Armando keep you satisfied? Which one of you bends over the most?

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the guy ripping Armando get off this blog?

The homophobic, misinformed, and disrespectful comments are completely out of line. I live up in Connecticut and I read this blog to keep up with the Dolphins. Armando seems like a cool enough guy for keeping this blog going even though it's not his 9-5. Keep up the good work!

I would like to hear all comments about football, but give Armando and the rest of the folks here a break. Get your own blog and do your own thing. Most people on here are reasonable enough to know that this blog is the not the most important thing in the world and it's just a friedly discussion/debate. If you don't like the blog and can't be civil, then hop off!

-a random Dolphins fan in CT

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a random Dolphins fan in CT"

JAJAJAJAJAJA

You can be more creative than that, what u say?

8:40 PM  
Anonymous JohnDB said...

Anonymous said:
By the way, is it just me and could we see cameron going for a lot of 4th and 1's with mauia running the ball...kinda like what pittsburgh liked to do with bettis

Bettis wasn't a fullback, Ricky Williams will get you that first down especially running behind Maui or Schless
Cam's offense and better coaching is going to help this line out a lot too. The quick hitting passing means these guys aren't going to have to hold blocks for 10 seconds.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering I live in California, Armando would have to be going above and beyond to keep me satisfied.
I don't agree with all of Armando's opinions and nor should I or anyone else. Opinions are like a**holes - everyone's got one. But I don't need to resort to personal attacks to make my points.

BTW, What a surprise that you went right to the sophmoric, homophobic namecalling. And here I was expecting a wit worthy of Mark Twain....

Did you run out of fake names to log in under? Or did the excitement of reading someone calling you out for being so lame that you enjoy flaming people on a sports blog make you forget to log in under one of your aliases?
Why don't you get off this blog where you can see no one wants you.
DG

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DG: do you really live in California, must be San Francisco, right?

What's DG for? Dick Grabber??

How many hours of the day do you check back for comments from the dreaded "Ripper of Armando." Either you're Armando or his butt buddy, only one of you would take it to such an obsessive point.

Really could care less your sweaty tears of concern for Armando, stick to the topic.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Mr. Closet-case, you sure put me in my place!
I like the irony of you calling me obsessive since you responded to the guy from CT in 3 minutes and to me within 12 minutes.
To say you are pathetic does being pathetic justice.
You can go on farting into the wind.
There is a silent majority reading this blog who appreciate it.
I am ending this flame war as I have said my piece.
D.G. (in LA, not SF)

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dickie G., you're the one sobbing for Armando every hour...(Times noted below your comments).

Glad you made sure we know you're not in San Francisco.

I suggest you take your crush for Armando to another forum. What you say, Dickie?

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2007 Draft was originally shocking, but it might be just our team needs. Electricity!! Ginn Jr. will provide our offence great field position with his returns. A standout return specialist and defensive back in high school, Ginn teamed with his roommate, Troy Smith, to give the Buckeyes one of the most dangerous pass/catching combinations in the collegiate ranks.

"Here is guy who came to us as a return specialist and defensive back and has developed into a very good receiver," Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said. "He has always had great hands and he has become a very good route runner. With his speed, he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball."

The son of renowned Glennville High School head coach Ted Ginn Sr., the younger Ginn and Smith were his prize pupils. Ginn was selected as the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and was also a Parade All-American. SuperPrep named him as its National Defensive Player of the Year and he was the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-America game his senior year.

Ginn also played quarterback, wide receiver and running back for Glenville and returned punts and kickoffs. He intercepted eight passes as a senior and returned five of them for touchdowns. One of his interception returns went for a state-record 102-yard touchdown, while another went for a 97-yard score. He also passed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 845 yards and 17 scores.

Ginn was named one of Ohio's three Division I offensive players of the year as a junior. He returned four punts and one kickoff for touchdowns that season. In track, he was the national champion in the 110-meter high hurdles as a junior and recorded the best time in the nation as a senior when he won another state title. He also clocked a personal-best 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Ginn enrolled at Ohio State in 2004. He spent most of the preseason working with the defense, but was moved to offense right before the start of the schedule. He was used sparingly early in the season as he learned the system, but was a key factor in the Buckeyes' late-season success. Ginn caught passes in the last seven games of the season and had 18 receptions in the last four games. He finished with 25 catches for 359 yards (14.4 avg) and two touchdowns.

That season, he gained 113 yards with two scores on 13 carries (8.7 avg), but it was as a punt returner where he gained national media attention. His four punt returns for touchdowns set school and Big Ten Conference single-season records, and at the time tied the NCAA mark. He gained 25.6 yards per punt return, leading the nation and setting another OSU record in that department. He scored on punt returns of 65 yards (Wisconsin), 67 yards (Penn State), 60 yards (Michigan State) and 82 yards (Michigan). The latter broke the game open and was one of the most spectacular runs in Ohio State history.

In 2005, Ginn settled in as the team's starting flanker. He finished second on the squad with 51 receptions for 803 yards (15.7 avg) and four touchdowns. He totaled 83 yards with a score on 12 carries (6.9 avg) and gained 532 yards on 18 kickoff returns, including a touchdown. His kickoff-return average of 29.56 yards ranked fourth in the nation. He also returned 25 punts for 250 yards (10.0 avg) and a score. He became the first Buckeye to register receiving, rushing, punt returns and kickoff-return touchdowns in the same season.

Ginn was a second-team All-American choice in 2006. He led the team with 781 yards and nine touchdowns on 59 catches (13.2 avg), and added 17 yards on three carries. He threw a pass for a 38-yard score, returned 18 kickoffs for 440 yards (24.4 avg) and a touchdown and had 24 punt returns for 266 yards (11.1 avg), including a score. He finished the year with 1,504 all-purpose yards -- 115.7 yards per game.

In 37 games at Ohio State, Ginn started 31 times. He snatched 125 passes for 1,943 yards (15.5 avg) and 15 touchdowns. He carried 28 times for 213 yards (7.6 avg) and three scores, adding another touchdown on a pass completion for 38 yards. He set the Big Ten Conference career record with six touchdowns on 64 punt returns for 900 yards (14.1 avg), and gained 1,012 yards with two scores on 38 kickoff returns (26.6 avg). He scored a total of 156 points and registered three solo tackles. Ginn also registered 109.95 all-purpose yards per game, totaling 4,068 yards.


ANALYSIS
Positives: Has outstanding quickness, agility and balance … Gets to top speed in a hurry and maintains acceleration throughout his routes … Has that quick second-gear burst as a returner to take the ball to the house consistently (six touchdowns on punt returns, two touchdowns on kickoffs) … Good team leader who responds to discipline; with his work ethic, you won't need to monitor him … Once he gets into his patterns, he is quick to gobble up the cushion … If given a free lane to operate, Ginn is certain to find the seams … On deep patterns, he has that extra burst needed to run by defenders and is very effective at making the over-the-shoulder grabs … The thing you see on film is his ability to get down the field rapidly … Can track, adjust and jump for the ball much better on long routes than he does when working in a crowd … Given a free lane, Ginn will immediately burst into his routes … Eats up the cushion in an instant, and while his lateral agility could improve, he maintains stride on slants and screens … Best served on screens, quick flares, slants or bursting up the seam -- anything that will take advantage of his explosive quickness … Is very quick through transition and has a knack for avoiding second-level defenders to find holes in the zone … Lacks double-cut agility, but can accelerate suddenly when he drops his pads … Can instantly turn on a defensive back on a route; he has that extra gear needed to pull away … When he sinks his hips, he transitions fast and accelerates through the cuts to burst away … Might not look fluid in and out of his breaks, but has the ability to separate thanks to a sensational second gear … Has the speed to stretch the field and separate, showing steady acceleration to uncover vs. man coverage … Has a knack for becoming available quickly on the blitz and does a good job of getting his feet down along the sidelines … Carries route depth, sliding to create lanes, but must do a better job of settling when working in traffic … Adjusts readily to man coverage and is alert to finding the soft spot in the deep zone … If given room to operate, he will simply race past a defender … Might not have the strength to break tackles or the lateral agility to redirect, but with his acceleration, he is a dangerous threat with the ball in his hands … His burst makes him too elusive in man coverage; he always makes the first tackler miss.


Ginn Jr. is a leyend that football needs to succeed. Beck will develop well learning behind Green.

Defense will get rest, and dominate.

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's D.G.?

jajajajajajajaja

11:48 PM  
Blogger goodwinfx said...

Armando,
I have been reading your articles for as long as I can remember going to the Miami Herald online to obtain Dolphins info. I recently started a blog at
thedolphininsider.blogspot.com
and I am beginning to understand how annoying it can be to read the neagative attacks by cowardly "anonymous" people who leave ugly comments on your thoughts.
I think it occurs most for me when I hit a nerve with readers and perhaps force them to think about something they are not prepared to think about. Many fans this time of year somehow convince themselves their "team" is going to turn it all around this year and anything that perhaps suggest different, makes them angry. the Dolphins line has been in the bottom third in the leauge for at least a deacde, and Carey has failed at the LT position his rookie year. Although we have brought in a ton of undrafted players this year after the draft, it is unrealistic to anticipate a sudden dramatic improvement in this line in one year.
We are headed in the right direction.
Keep up the good work, we are all entitled to our thoughts and you are closer to the inner working s of the Dolphins than than most and you are more right than you are wrong.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Tampa Tony H said...

Armando, Your pretty close to right. The center three spots on the line look in good order ..remember..'build from the middle out'? Right tackle is not too far off. The Major issue is left tackle. Carey with support from a backfield behemoth (they drafted some plus Schlesinnger) can hold the fort until a proper free range left tackle can be grown or obtained. The glass is 4/5 th's full folks.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you got it all wrong Goodwinfx. (by the way, looked at your site, you could use a course in English grammar)

The issue is not "touching a nerve" and dashing hopes in my "team," rather its Armando acting and writing like a jerk, making statements of fact that are not fact, and in general, his piss poor analysis of the "team." The facts are Armando is more wrong than right with his assertions. Case in point is his tragic love affair in the press with Brady Quinn.

As for being anonymous, 99 percent of the people here are anonymous. Cowardice has nothing to do with anonimity, it does has a lot to do with being a pussy in your opinions, i.e. afraid to take a stand for fear of offending someone.

Eso.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Tampa Tony H said...

I'm Excited!! I can't wait for the Battle of Britain!! I think that will be a breakout game for the Dolphins. By then they will be firing on all cylinders and finish the season above .500. It's nice that they have a bye right after to recover. Cameron clearly has a deliberate plan and has demonstrated his willingness to execute it. I am really stoked to see how it all comes together.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Tampa Tony H said...

Armando,
Remember the Cosell rule:

Just tell it like it is,(in your opinion) and ignore the meat in the seats and their nose-picker opinions. You'll be right; you'll be wrong. So what? Its all entertainment; there will be no Global Thermo-Nuclear War consequences if your not the Oracle at Delphi and predict the future 100%. Forgive my depature after only three posts, I have a life, a wife, a job and my own opinions. Don't let the Bozo's get you down.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous JJ said...

I don't have high expectations for the team this year, but I do think they are moving in the right direction. Their best hope this year is to just pound the ball like San Diego did early last year. Keep Ricky and give him and R.B. the ball 40 times a game (then trade Ricky by the deadline after he has some value and the injury bug puts a team in desperate need for a RB). Get Lo. Booker his few touches and use play action to give Ginn a few shots deep. Chambers may be overpaid, but he'll help keep the chains moving (while also helping Ginn turn into a complete WR). Doing this will protect our immobile or rookie QB while giving the D a fighting chance. If we start passing 30+ times per game, look for similar results as last year....this O-line needs to attack the Defense with run plays. This would also get full use out of that monster Hawaiian FB and Corey S. Running, play action and quick hitting passing plays will be the "strength" of this offense and the only hope for our Defense. Either way, I'd expect a pretty high pick in next year's draft. Fortunately, it looks like there may be some good LT's available and maybe another playmaking WR available in the 2nd or 3rd rounds (see Keenan Burton from Kentucky).

1:15 PM  
Blogger James Hoschek said...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....I dont understand... You mean the Fins need a LT and a RT... Where was I during the season..... I dont see a positive here at the moment for the O line, I am hoping that the coaching change will help but it seems that we have had too many of those in the past 10 years, just like to offense, no consistency at all... Unless your Ricky whom is consistently being suspended... What to do, What to do....

1:06 PM  
Blogger Quinten said...

I love my Dolphins but without a o-line especially runblocking we're going to get teased this season.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thinking is stretch the field with Ginn. If you need a safety and corner to cover Ginn downfield-- then you leave the edges available for booker, brown and martin. It's a spread offense. Should move the LB's out further and the line should be able to double up on the big time pass rushers.

Problem previously was we had no real deep threat so teams were able to T off on the QB on passing downs with single coverage downfield or send a LB to the QB.

More weapons on offense and faster delivery (Beck) leads to less pressure on the OL.

3:30 PM  

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