Some thoughts about Ginn, Brown and Green
First Coach Cam Cameron says Ronnie Brown is a starting kick returner for the season. Then on Saturday the coach says he only meant it for one game. Then Brown is back there again Sunday during practice. Then after practice Cameron says Brown has no guarantee of being the starting running back. And that, of course, means first round pick Ted Ginn Jr. is underachieving at kick returner.
And then, one day after Cameron refuses to name Brown or Ginn to any starting duties anywhere, he names Green Miami's starting quarterback. Whew!
Well, this is what I think about that:
First --If Brown ends up as the kick returner and Ginn ends up as the punt returner, the Dolphins will be putting each of their last three first-round picks on special teams when you consider Jason Allen is on both the kick and punt teams, serving various duties. That's three first round picks on special teams.
And unless Brown finally wins the starting running back (which is not guaranteed right now) the Dolphins will have exactly zero of their own former first-round picks playing on both offense and defense.
Any wonder this team is rebuilding?
Second - I keep hearing the Dolphins, and now you guys, comparing Ginn and his development to former University of Miami star Devin Hester. The comparison, repeated vaguely by Cameron Sunday, attempts to draw a parallel in that Hester didn't return kicks early last year either, while he concentrated on perfecting his punts skills. He started fielding kicks also about a quarter of the way through the season.
Well, that comparison is really a poor one because Devin Hester was a second round pick. Ginn is the ninth player taken overall in the FIRST ROUND. If the Dolphins are comparing the two already, they are already admitting Ginn wasn't worthy of a first round selection because a comparable player went in the second round last year. It's like when former GM Rick Spielman used to compare a fifth-round pick named Tony Bua to Larry Izzo. It was a bad comparison because Izzo was an undrafted free agent.
I suggest somebody in the organization shut down that flawed comparison between Hester and Ginn before it is repeated too many more times and someone gets embarrassed publicly.
Third: I know a lot of you question the naming of Trent Green as the starting quarterback based on the fact he really hasn't won the job on the field. I would agree he didn't do that either. But I remind you there really is much more to being the quarterback than stats. The position is about leadership and poise and confidence and, to some degree, control over other men.
Green may not be the role model for those qualities, but he's the best the Dolphins have right now. And that's the reason he's the starter. Many of you, I know, are disappointed Daunte Culpepper didn't get the opportunity to win the job here. I'm not going to address that situation in this particular blog (surprised?)
But others of you are apparently equally disappointed Cleo Lemon didn't get even one start in the preseason before the job was awarded. I don't think that would have mattered. Nothing Lemon could have done would have raised him to the respect level Green enjoys now among teammates.
And that was sort of confirmed in the locker today when receiver Hakim Az-Zahir was talking about the quarterbacks in camp and said, "Leo Clemens," may still have a chance to show his ability down the road.