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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Seeking opinions on YOUR Dolphins

OK, so Joey Porter's surgery supposedly was meant to remove loose bodies from beneath his kneecap. It's not serious, according to Dolphins coach Cam Cameron.

So don't worry about nothin'.

At least not Porter, right?

Well, I'm still holding my breath, hoping for the best while being vigilant. On other fronts, YOUR Dolphins are preparing for their preseason debut Saturday and it causes me to conduct the first poll of this blog.

(By the way, a poll is a tool lazy bloggers and radio show hosts use to drive traffic and calls.)

Anywho, I want to know what you believe will be Miami's greatest strength and weakness this year. I provide the choices. You provide the answer and the reason you're picking those answers.

Ready?

The greatest strength the Dolphins have this year will be:

1. Cam Cameron as head coach.
2. The addition of Ted Ginn Jr.
3. The defensive front, specifically with Jason Taylor.
4. Their favorable early schedule.
5. With Trent Green at QB, finally an accomplished signal-caller on the roster.

Now, the greatest weakness the Dolphins will have this year will be:

1. Cam Cameron as head coach.
2. That leaky offensive line.
3. A secondary that is unable to intercept passes.
4. Their tough schedule late.
5. With Trent Green at QB, another letdown at the QB position.

Discuss ...

32 Comments:

Anonymous John Michaels said...

Well, the Dolphins greatest strength will be Cam Cameron as head coach. Well, technically the Dolphins became a better team when Nick Saban left South Florida for that redneck wasteland, known as Toothlessloosa, Alabama. However, that's another story for another day. Anyways, this team's offense needed a good kick in the ass, and Cam's the man to do it. For years, this team has always had a great defense and it's hightime the offense catches up. It's just so refreshing too see a head coach with an offensive mindset.

The Dolphins greatest weakness will be the secondary. These guys have got to start securing more interceptions! I wanted to pull my hair out everytime a Dolphins DB dropped a ball that hit em' square in the hands! Jason Allen is going to be a man, that everyone will have their eye on. Is he the next Jamar Fletcher? Or can he turn it around and manage to have a respectable season? Time will tell. I really want too see more interceptions from our secondary!

2:03 AM  
Blogger Rory said...

Greatest strength Trent Green - greatest weakness the O line - these cancel each other out meaning that for the first month of the season we hope for the D to bail us out. The second month of the season the O comes together. The third month the Fins start to play hard. The last month the Fins narrowly miss out on a wildcard - the streak of 6 wins to finish the season has the Dolphins as a hot team for the 2008 SB...(deja vu ??)

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Aussie Ben said...

Greatest strength has to be the defensive front. The greatest weakness is unquestionably the secondary all the pressure upfront results in should be easy picks that should be going defensive TDs instead they go for big plays against us that just unacceptable. If you disagree just image if the QB didn't have one of the best defensive fronts breathing down his neck he kill us every play.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My only comment at this time is for you guys (The Herald) to take off the Training Camp headline article about Jason Allen. It has been up for more than a week and is annoying to see each time I get on your website. Can't do any good for morale either.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The play calling will be better on offense with Mike Mularkey demoted. He's terrible. I think Cameron will be a solid coach and a strength to the team.

The weakness will be the OL. Green can be efficient and effective IF given time. Brown can become LT-lite IF given some holes to shoot through. A good OL and some playmakers in the secondary are what's holding this team back.

C

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Pollyanna said...

The defensive front as a strength is a given. Combination of Cameron, Ginn and Green tie for second. As to the schedule - "On any given day, etc."

Greatest weakness is not on your list. This has to be the sappy fans that are so weak-minded and ignorant they are ready to throw in the towel before the bell has rung for the first round. Cameron and the offense this year, if nothing else, will provide some genuine excitement. At least they'll be TRYING to score rather than relying on the defense to carry the load.

This is going to be a FUN year watching the Dolphins even if they under-perform. BUT, I don't think they will.

9:22 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

The D will be the greatest strength, the greatest weakness will again be the leaky o line !!!

I picked the D for greatest strength because it has always been our strong point , and the secondary will improve as well with Travis Daniels healthy there will be more INT's guaranteed!!!

I picked the O line as the greatest weakness because they are all very young and the vet's aren't even with the first team! And Armando has said nothing of Vernon Carey's progress at LT!?!?!?

Also I agree ARMANDO buddy please remove you article on Jason Allen it has been there for what seems like forever!!!! Stop speeding around Aventura in the your corvette and give us an update or something.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel the strenght of this years Dolphins is the defensive line, the weakness is the Head coach, Cam Cameron. What I have seen from him so far is disapointing. He does not directly answers questions and his handleing of matters has beeen less than professional. Again I do not expect much from my Dolphins. Just my opinion.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous NYScott said...

Greatest strength is obviously the Defense. Greatest weakness, allthough I like Polly's answer about the dumbass fans who are quitting on the team (and booing AT A PRACTICE!),has to be the o-line. I hate to throw Vernon Carey under the bus like that because he is solid, but these guys really have to step up their game if this team is going to be succesful. If the o-line can get it together I see OUR team fighting for a wildcard. Tough schedule at the end might be their undoing.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

IMHO, the greatest strength of the Dolphins is the front seven. I know that wasn't one of the choices but it's a blog after all. The front 7 is one of the best in the league. We have the defensive MVP at DE and the most underrated MLB in the NFL. Couple that with a great group of DTs, Roth about ready to be an impact player and the addition of Porter (when healthy) and you are looking at group that could be the envy of the league.

Obviously the OL is our biggest weakness. While the DBs may qualify here they are protected by the front 7 and can hold their own. The OL is in huge trouble when 2 rookies are starting and our own player states that our RT is basically a pussy. Shall we talk about Carey at LT? What are we praying the guy will suddenly be something he wasn't 3 years ago? Granted he has some seasoning now and may fit the bill but he didn't even play LT at UM.

So how will this reflect during the season? We will again be a great defense and we will again be a mediocre at best offense, unless The addition of Green adds some stability and Houck pulls off a miracle. There is hope but I wouldn't get too upset if we don't win a lot of games. I hope I'm wrong but we need about 2 more drafts to be competitive.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Yitz said...

I think the defensive front seven will be the team's biggest srength. That being said, The weak secondary negates a lot of that. Not just the lack of picks, but the deep completions and high total passing yards will really limit the defense. I also think that the weak O-line will limit what the team can do offensively. Ronnie Bown can't do it on his own even if he was that great, which I'm starting to doubt, and neither can Green. If somehow those areas pull together and can do a decent, not great, job, then they can be pretty successful

11:41 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

The greatest strengths so far: 1: The team is a team there isn't a Ricky or Daunte issue in the locker room. 2. Cam is letting capers have cart blanche with the defense.3: Hud has a lot of talent to work with. 4: The draft class (ask Zach), all in camp the whole time.

Weakness: 1: The new terminology of the Offense.2:Secondary is learning a new style instead of saban's weird coaching. 3: From what I've read the biggest problem will be cutting down to 53, we have a great deal of talent in camp

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve is a jerk , none of that bull you just listed is even relavant!!! Did you read the choices???

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you think not having Daunte and Ricky issues is our GREATEST strength this year....WTF???????????????????????

12:31 PM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

The whole strength of schedule thing is a wash.....teams are on their way up or down on a yearly basis and you can't say for sure what constitutes an "easy" or "hard" schedule. Like Chris Berman says..."thats why they play the games!"

Biggest strength will be Cam Cameron and his play calling ability that will bring out the best in the players.

Biggest weakness....I was tempted to say the offensive line, but if anyone can make lemonade from lemons, its Hudson Houck, the OL coach. No...I think our secondary is going to have some issues and will be the weakest link. If the DL can get some pressure on the QB, then we should see some success, but I doubt the CBs will be ball-hawks on their own.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami's greatest strength, in my opinion, will once again be the defense carrying this team along on their broad backs.Even the secondary is looking better and more aggressive than last season.There is little question,however,that the offense will improve under Cameron and Green, which will make this impressive defense even better.The most glaring weakness is the patchwork offensive line.If my memory serves me this will be the fourth consecutive year the line has been revamped and no unit relies on cohesiveness more than the O- line. Let's all pray that the new players and coaches can overcome this obstacle and win their way into the playoffs!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the gratest strength will unquestionably be the defensive line. the greatest weakness is easily the O-line. I don't think ted ginn wil do much on offense this year but with his punt and kick off returning hopefully that will make up for it

1:28 PM  
Anonymous oscar_g said...

The greatest strength will be the play of the defense, with the offense getting better on its way to a more balanced team.

The greatest weakness is going to be the secondary. They are still trying to replace Surtain and Madison

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Rasta said...

Our greatest strength just as everyone mentioned is the D. It has always been about the "D" since Danny boy left us. Our greatest weakness is definitely the secondary, Pat and Sam used to tear it up but I do like Daniels man, for the few games that he has played he been excellent. Also all you crappy fans stop whining the season has not even started yet. P.S I HATE JET FANS you all can BL_W Me!!!!!!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, why do you constantly write "YOUR Dolphins". As in 'their not my team,ha ha, their YOUR team'. We know you are not a fan of the Dolphins and it seems that you may not like any teams ,because you are trying to stay objective, but the way that comes off is completely obnoxious. Just wondering if there is a reason you feel the need to remind us on a daily basis that you are not a fan. WE GET IT ALREADY.

6:05 PM  
Blogger rda2732 said...

wasent Hudson Houck here last year. if i remember right, the oline still sucked..

6:30 PM  
Anonymous oscar_g said...

Armando's favorite team is the Washington Redskins.

Just ask him.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anony, at Miami Heat games, the announcer nightly introduces YOUR Miami Heat. Are you saying the arena announcer who is paid by the team isn't a fan of the Heat and is flaunting that in the crowd's collective faces?

You need to stop looking for an offense where none is intended.

As to me and Redskins. I rooted for them as a kid but I grew out of it. I do still love YOUR Miami Hurricanes.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D-front is easily the greatest strength. The greatest weakness, is a toss-up. Hard to pick between an extremely young inexperienced O-line and horrific secondary. I am encouraged by the good things I have heard about the young guys Satele, Mormino, and Alabi, but Carey at LT? That is very scary for Trent. I hope to God the Dolphins pursue Kendall when the Jets release him. His veteran experience could help the young guys tremendously and the fins could then at least run the ball. The secondary is such a mess. No playmakers and the best corner is Goodman yikes. I know he is still young but you can just tell Jason Allen is a mess and a total bust. I like that Capers wont play him just because he was a first round pick. Yeremiah Bell is actually a decent safety but keep Tavares Tillman off the field he is just awful. That guy blows more assignments than any safety in the league. I do love the Dolphins but I am just being a realist 8-8 is the best case scenario that I see this year. That is not good enough for the playoffs so I almost wish for another down year so we can draft Jake Long from Michigan to protect Becks blindside for years to come. I like this years draft and the direction the organization is heading it just might take another year or two. I just hope Zach and Jason can wait that long.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Jose said...

Put me in the minority that thinks the Dolphins O-Line won't be that bad this year. I think the biggest weakness will be in the secondary, where we are not only below average, but also have to contend with some pretty good receivers in the AFC East (R. Moss, L. Evans, Coles and Cotchery). This will make things tougher for our greatest strength, our D-Line.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This question can not realistically be answered the way you are asking it.

Cam coming in is going to be OUR Dolphins biggest impact, for better or worse. I believe it's going to turn out to be for the best.

I think the biggest obstical OUR team faces is getting all these new faces to gel. WE have less then half of the players that were here last year. This is a new team.

1. Cam must call plays that this team can execute sucessfully.
2. Our O Line has to give Trent time and Ronnie holes.
3. Ronnie has to find his holes fast and hit them hard.
4. Trent has to burn defenses when they blitz and has to connect some deep passes.
5. Our recievers must catch those passes they are suppose to catch.

6. OUR front 7 on D must continue playing like they did in the second half of the season.
7. OUR secondary must learn how to pick passes and keep deep recivers covered tightly.

All these things are obvious and no big insite. It all revolves around OUR new coach Cam. Can he rally this team around him and get them to play the kind of football that they are all capable of. On paper WE are as competive as anyone else. The question is can Cam get these guys to live up to thier potental? Time will tell us

8:08 AM  
Anonymous rlo said...

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9:25 AM  
Blogger Helbourne said...

I think Cam is our greatest strength, and those bashing him and the players are our greatest weakness.

As Polyanna stated, we haven't even started yet. If Cam wants to not answer questions, so be it. Why would he give any information when he and the drafts are receiving heavy bashing from their fans and media.

Many backed the unproven idiot Saban, but here we have someone who had an excellent rating in his coaching offense where we need it the most. Negatives do not motivate, they disrupt the teams spirit and unification.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando - You can't call the offensive line "leaky" as this year's line is not last year's line. Only time will tell if they are better than last year. What would be fair to say about the OL is that they are an "unkown", and that is never good going into a season. But I am optimistic about this group for 2 reasons, 1) coaching - Houck and Cam have done it before with rookies in SD, 2) three new faces on the O-line (2 rookies), all with heart, smarts and nasty streaks. Sounds good to me. And maybe their youthful enthusiam will light a fire under the butts of Carey and Hadnot.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A thought on Taylor and Thomas. "IF" the Fins improve this year and have another strong draft next year, all that youth, energy and the prospect of winning may entice both these guys to play in 09 (even 10?). Especially if they can get spelled more often. Otherwise, if the Fins don't show improvement I suspect they'll both retire after the 08 season. Losing takes it toll.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greatest strength:

1st half of the season - Cam Cameron and the support he is getting, e.g., Randy Muller helping pull off a solid draft.
2nd half of the season - the offense begins to click and we see significant improvement at the bottom line in points scored

Greatest Weakness:

1st half of the season - the offense in general, which has a lot of development to do.
2nd half of the season - depth in various positions on defense not being able to compensate for injuries

If the offense doesn't develop and begin making significant contributions by mid-season, the defense, which will be weakened by injuries, will not be able to perform as they have in the past, offsetting a weak offense

The key will be to transfer the greatest assets that CamRan bring, building that offense into a solid performing machine, by mid-season. If they can accomplish that, the defense can get more rest and optimize its human assets in order to continue to deliver solid performance.

4 & 4 first half, 5 & 3 2nd half with a number of close games in the loss columns.

We won't have a let-down in 2008, with a solid year if we avoid too many injuries, establish a potent offense and extend the life of a great defense. That will offer us the opportunity to compete in a Super Bowl for the 2009 season.

It will have taken almost 40 years to get back to the greatness Miami once enjoyed. I hope the 17 & 0 phins are still around to celebrate the return.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan at beginning said...

Strengths:

Head coach upgrade - Cameron knows offense. He's a pro, not a college boy like Saban. His way of coaching is based on everyone working together which is better than Saban's way or the highway. Saban took his ball & cried to the tide because he blew it with Culpepper & other decisions he made without input from others.

Defensive coach Capers who's really a defensive head coach.

Hudson Houck's track record speaks for itself. He needs some young hosses to work with and develop like Satele, Mormino, etc.

2007 draft class that's promising, but let's see how they play Saturday, learn, & get better.

Defensive front seven. Not only Zack, Jason, Joey, & Vonnie; but Matt, Channing & some youngsters waiting to get some action.

Upgrade of players in 2007 over 2006.


Weaknesses & Question marks:

OL - Young draftees like Satele & Mormino will help build a long-term foundation. Will the starting five gel? What about quality depth?

QB - did right thing by unloading Culpepper. Let's see what Green can do & can Beck develop?

RB - Will FB's like Schlesinger & Mauia work wonders like Lorenzo Neal? What about depth behind Ronnie Brown? Will Ronnie Brown step up to being the man?

Receiving corp - Will Cam's offense bring out the best in Chris Chambers & the rest of the receivers? Will Hagen or Ginn become reliable & viable go to guys? Will TE position be an upgrade from Randy McMichael?

Secondary - Will a healthy Travis Daniels help? Will they play more naturally without having Saban's wrath to fear? Will they gel as a unit? Will they get more turnovers which means more offensive opportunities & being a rested defense?

Kicking game - Mare's FG % dropped but may miss those deep kickoffs. Will new kicker & punter be an upgrade?

Team's moving in the right direction for the long haul. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SEE! I'M TIRED OF THE MEDIOCRITY!

1:19 PM  

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