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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cleaning out the notebook of all tidbits

The Dolphins practice week begins Wednesday so I'm going to make it a habit the rest of this season to share stuff I have in my notebook that didn't make any of my columns in the paper.

It's Tidbit time:

  • When the depth chart comes out Wednesday, you likely see L.J. Shelton as the starting right tackle and that might be reason for the veteran to feel pretty good about himself. He shouldn't. When I congratulated Cam Cameron for milking passion and professionalism out of Shelton during a one-on-one interview Monday, Cameron told me, "We need to get more out of him than we have."
  • The addition of Cory Lekkerkerker means the Dolphins now have in their midst a tackle with experience in Cameron's system and a player that the coach likes. This means the Dolphins have options now. They can keep Lekkerkerker at left tackle where he's currently the backup or they can give him a try at right tackle. If he's better than Vernon Carey on the left side, Miami can move Carey back to the right side. If Lekkerkerker is better than Shelton on the right side -- a more likely scenario -- then Shelton could be headed back to the bench.
  • Same deal with Gene Mruczkowski at guard. Neither Chris Liwienski nor Rex Hadnot should get the idea they are set as the starters for the rest of the year.
  • A quick congratulations to you, the readers and contributors of this blog, for making Dolphins Indepth the most popular sports blog at The Miami Herald. Last month alone, this blog had over 108,000 page views which was the best month it has had since its inception. Only Dave Barry's blog is more popular at The Herald. Again, thank you.
  • Don Shula on his secret to developing young quarterbacks: “What you have to do is put them in as many game situations as you can on the practice field and then do the best job you can in the meetings to bring them up to speed so when they actually see it on the field, they're prepared. And they have to do a lot on their own. You have to demand they make a commitment to improving on their own time. They have to want to be the best. They have to put in the work on and off the field and show that they want to succeed and are capable of doing it."
  • Remember that Shula had Dan Marino call his own plays in practice his rookie year. Why don't today's coaches try stuff like that?
  • Trent Green on why he thinks he's a good leader: : “I feel like I can relate to just about everybody in the locker room. I’ve been in just about everybody’s position, from being a late-round draft pick, to being cut and on the street, to being traded for a first-rounder, signing as a free agent, being on injured reserve, coming back from injured reserve. There’s a long line of different things I’ve gone through in my career and so I feel like I can relate to everybody, and what their given situations are. And when you’re able to communicate that way, I think that just comes across. And then my personality is such that I’m not a standoffish guy, I feel like I’m comfortable talking to anybody. That’s part of the way my leadership comes across, and why I’m comfortable with it.”

The notebook is empty now folks. Be sure to listen to my radio show every weeknight 7-8 p.m., either on 790-AM in South Florida or online at You are free to call in with your comments.

And as always, you are free to post your thoughts now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, is Beck following Shula's path ? Is he staying late, working with receivers, watching film ect. Is he putting in the extra work ?

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Timeb0mb said...


Thanks for the hard work!

12:50 AM  
Anonymous gummer said...

ditto.... armando, you rock

1:26 AM  
Blogger WombatDolphin said...

Hi Armando - great work - please get to podcast your show so your worldwide audience can listen too - the time difference is killing me - WD (Australia)

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Hey Armando... I know this is going to sound stupid but I just love the names of these offensive linemen. Lekkerkerker, Mruczkowski, Liwienski, Satele. The names just conger up an image of Bronco Nagurski with a leather helmet and no face mask.

Of course that doesn't mean they can play worth a damn but the names sound like offensive lineman.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

Thanks for all of your hardwork, Armando. I certainly appreciate what you do, especially considering a lot of us live outside of South Florida. Since you love getting the blog hits, this one's for you.


10:06 AM  
Blogger John said...

The comment regarding Culpepper was totaly uncalled for and indicated the poster has not been watching Oakland in the pre-season or have any knowledge of the game of football. An ignorramus. It means your an idiot, if you do not understand the word.
Culpepper will be the comeback player of the year.

Why can't Darlington do his job on the forum?

Armando is the best!

12:29 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

WOW ......someone said Daunte Culpepper and this blog didn't blow up!!! I'm surprised!!!! Maybe this will do it

Jason Allen is a BUST, he's stupid and can't read plays!! His work ethic sucks and is probably the biggest mistake the Dolphins ever made!!!!!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Beck has been doing everything the coaching staff has asked, including staying late, even having his wife quiz him on plays.

Obviously he's not going to get too many reps in practices from now on.

Meanwhile, what's with all the love from you guys today? Why hasn't anyone called me a moron?

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask and ye shall receive you Moron.

Just kidding Armando. Thanks for the info.

WindyCity FinsFan

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Ragnarok said...

I won't call you a moron but I'll definitely label you a blog whore. That is the reason why you've had so many hits, because you egg these simple minded folk into ridiculing you.

As for John, ease up on the corrections, this isn't exactly the New York Times. It's a blog for football. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for perfect grammar and reasoning but it's clear as day, these people are idiots. No need to point it out every time.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

No shame running second to Barry. Good job.

As for Shula's comments, seems like Beck would be someone that Shula would say fits this mold.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

because you haven't posted anything moronic today like some days :-)

thanks for the posts!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Die Hard said...

I’m not taking the bait j dizzle.
I still think you’re a Jets fan.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Die Hard said...

Which tackle position has Lekkerkerker had the most success playing?
Same with Mruczkowski at guard.
Their names do sound “old school”.
Yeah, the o-line will be a work in progress at least the first half of the season.

Hey what about this F-back thing I’m familiar with the H-back concept….
Is F-back a Tight End playing H-back?

4:43 PM  
Blogger JaxDolphin said...

dizzle bait. jets fan. Ouch. I think he did take that lure, diz; now quick! Set the hook.
I actually agree with you about J.Allen, but I don't think we'll be able to get much for him in a trade.
Armando you moron, you forgot to inflame the Culpepper detractors (Me). Anyway, good work and keep it coming. Can't read too much about the Dolphins.
We've got Tom Brady's number and he's shaking in his RBK's.

BTW Andy Kent wrote on the Dolphins website that Miami is going to surprise a lot of people this year. It won't surpise me. I've been saying that since training camp. True enough that its easy to say, and means nothing, but I like it that Andy agrees with me lol.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Armando ,you do a great job!I really enjoy your posts and listening to your radio show.

9:32 AM  

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