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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Porter needs to lead by example not exuberance

Joey Porter is a great interview. For the sake of the Miami Dolphins he needs to start being a good player.

Porter was on fire Wednesday. Surrounded by notebooks and microphones and cameras, he was waxing strong with the quotes and at one point delivered something of a guarantee about Sunday's game against Oakland.

"Write it how you want to write it," Porter said. "We will win on Sunday."

Well, this is how I want to write it. Make a play Mr. Porter. You've made no more than a handful of tackles since joining the Miami Dolphins. I appreciate the guarantee of victory. Can you guarantee a sack?

Porter, a fine player with the Steelers, often motivated his Pittsburgh peers with similar predictions. But he always led the charge in the making-plays department to make the predictions come to pass. So far, he's failed to deliver in Miami -- except when criticizing coaching strategy.

Which he did Wednesday when he implied defensive coordinator Dom Capers hasn't been utilizing players as they are most effective.

"The strength of our defense is going out there and letting us fly around, blitzing, getting after the quarterback, putting pressure on the quarterback," Porter said. "Let's not sit back there and let the quarterback have four or five seconds to dissect our defense. Let's let him have two seconds and hopefully we can make him make a bad decision."

Porter promises you will see a different Miami defense Sunday.

"We don't feel like we're an 0-3 team," Porter said. "We've played better. We haven't played to where we need to be but we know what we have on this team. We lost some games where things just fell apart and on defense we're doing things different from what we planned on doing. We've kind of adapted to them instead of letting them adapt to us."

OK, Mr. Porter, go lead the charge. Lead by example.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd think that Joey Porter would try to avoid the spotlight when sucking so bad, but you'd be wrong.

Porter over Adalius Thomas. Another great decision by Mueller.

If Cam were smart he'd keep the ball away from the walking INT, aka Trent Green, and snap it directly to Ronnie every play.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...I just look back and see many decisions the Dolphins brass made and wondered, "I hope we're making the right decision." Adalius Thomas v. Porter, Ginn v. Quinn or Okoye (yes, I was an Okoye fan and would've been satisfied with such a pick, I was completely stumped with the Ginn pick), and even Cameron v. Tomlin (Miami interviewed him but went the offensive route). I still wonder if the fans see certain decisions better than the brass. Not all the time obviously...but seriously, sometimes football is not brain surgery. I'm probably barking up the wrong tree. I'm still a fan looking forward to hoping the Fins stumble across the next big thing that accidently brings their team together.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did it ever cross your mind that adalius thomas had a choice in where he went and decided maybe hed go play for the 3 time super bowl champs instead of a team with tons of issues? everybody always talks about oh we should have got him, maybe some of these players dont want to play for us our this organization....

12:36 AM  
Anonymous edswood said...

Wow it amazes me the cojones some people have. Porters knee is trashed and if he wasnt getting paid so much money I doubt he would be starting. Yet he is going to guarantee a win? The fins could possibly be the worst team in the NFL this year, but might be the best on the unintentional comedy scale (to borrow from Bill Simmons). From Camerons shell-shocked and totally uninspiring post game interviews (watch them again and again on you-tube a guaranteed laugh every time) to the drafting of families, and now Porters guarantee.

I have a guarantee and that is if we dont beat the Raiders this week we will probably be picking #1 in the draft. The Oakland and Cleveland games might be our only chance for a win this year. Because after that I guarantee this team quits on its crappy headcoach. Then we can all watch the blowouts in the second half of the year. Leading to more unintentional comedy as Mueller blows picking first in every round (except the pick we gave away for Green because yeah he was the final thing this team needed for the Superbowl lol).

As Mcrunner said this isnt brain surgery though the Fins management acts like it is. No team had Ginn in the first round? No problem, because no one runs faster out of bounds. Quarterback eligible for social security before he plays? Check that off on the draft sheet. A running back for our practice squad? Definitely need to use our third pick there. How about a guy who runs through walls on you-tube but cant block another human? Yup hes definitely on the list, and so on...

I envy you Armando and the eternal optimists. You because at least you get paid to watch these terribly coached and played games. The optimists because they accept and rationalize the losing. My favorite is the Cowboys went 1-15 the first year of Jimmie Johnson. Do not kid yourself people Ginn is no Irvin, Beck is no Aikman, and you get the point. We miss you Marino, Shula, and Robbie more and more each year.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what they say, "If you're going to talk the talk, you better be able to walk the walk."

7:55 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Unfortunately, Porter CAN talk to the talk, but due to his bum knee, he cannot walk the walk.

That was plain as day to see on Sunday at the Meadowlands. I saw Thomas Jones BLOW by Porter on a couple of plays that a healthy Porter would not have allowed.

Getting Zach back will be huge, because then Porter's weakness of being S-L-O-W will be slightly camouflaged on his side.

Don't get me wrong, I thought the signing of Porter was excellent, but unfortunately, I didn't know he had the knee problem. If he can get that knee fixed up and give it proper time to heal, he can be a force. I just don't see it right now.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

I hated the Porter signing as soon as it happend. Save the money for more pieces of the pie rather than spending it on an aging linebacker The Steelers cut!! I agree about Adalius Thomas. I think he was too smart to sign with Miami over NE. Miami should've hired an up and coming football guy at GM and a young head coach, ala Schottenheimer's son, Jason Garrett, Mike Tomlin, etc. Maybe Cam will do us all a favor and quit at the end of the season and go coach college football....Oh wait, he was a terrible college coach with an 18-50 Record.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

We are all jumping on Porter and probably with good reason considering his contribution or lack there of but he and JT are not getting sacks because our weak secondary was exposed by Joe Gibbs in the second half of game one.

Teams are simply using 3 and 4 WRs to spread the defense and force us bring in one or two extra DBs then then running straight at our 4 man line. Now you have Porter and JT in a three point stance instead of standing as a rush LB. Neither of these guy are cut out to be a four down DE. But the spread formations are forcing the defensive alignment.

With the lack of depth and really the lack of any great cover corner we cannot combat this attack. We don't the personnel in the secondary and everyone knows it. Top that off with the loss of our best run support safety and you a recipe for disaster. We can't match up and now the wasted pick of Jason Allen glares...

Don't think for a minute that Dom Caper suddenly became a crappy coach. He can't coach players he doesn't have. For all the bashing of Cameron going on it has not been the offense for the most part that has lost these games, it has been the defense. It is directly related to the lack of talent in the secondary. How telling is it when you bring in two safeties who were cut by other teams to replace Bell.

If a mistake was made this off season it was not Quinn verses Ginn or Culpepper verses Green or even the signing of Porter. The mistake was not recognizing the lack of talent in the secondary and addressing it.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Porter shouldn't be making guarantees about victories when he, or anyone on defense, hasn't made a play this year. But I'll stick with him this one last time. If the Fins lose THIS one, he needs to give back that $20 million and retire!

Now, in his defense, I agree that Capers is definitely doing some things wrong in his gameplans! I know these guys are old, but they couldn't have dropped off THAT much during one summer, right? Joey does have a point when he says he's out of position as a DE in a 3-point stance. Come on, Dom!?!?! Are you f***ing kidding me? Vonnie is not a DT who should be in the middle. He weighs what, 280? Gimme a break. Traylor is better as a nose tackle, etc. Dom needs to get these guys in positions that will accentuate their strengths, not try to force them into a scheme that makes them struggle!


11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being from Chicago, Porter reminds me a lot of when the Bears brought in an old, over-the-hill, loud mouth who yapped and yapped years ago...Bryan Cox.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a thought, if we needed a LB so bad why not take Patrick Willis at #9. Oh wait, thats right we drafted the Devin Hester wannabe instead.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Beck 09 said...

As we all know the Dolphins have to build from the ground up. This team has been bad for too long. Randy M and Cam have done great in the offseason getting guys on the team that are making an impact now and will down the road. More than you can say about the last 8 drafts. I am sick of hearing it's all Cam's fault. It's been three games and people are calling for his head. I think if you are a true fan be supportive and stick by your team. Remember this is why you watch the games on Sunday while they run them.
Porter will be fine. This is not about this year. If you are a Dolphin fan you would have known this in the preseason while we were all thinking about how Beck would do.
Relax and stop ripping on the team

2:20 PM  
Anonymous edswood said...

Beck 09 Porter will not be fine. He is 30 years old and has lost his speed. Speed is the first thing to go and you never get it back especially with a bad knee. In todays NFL it is all about speed and the Steelers knew this and that is why they cut Porter. That is also why the Steelers win SuperBowls and make the playoffs while the Fins waste money and lose. Mueller should pay the 20 million "guaranteed" to Porter out of his own pocket.

Your also way off on this years draft being the best in the last eight. The 2005 draft brought us Crowder and Brown the two best young players on the team. It also included Roth and Daniels two more current starters. I will bet a dime that draft holds up better than the current one and the crappy Porter signing.

We despise Satan for what he did to the team but he was a much better coach than Cameron. He knew how to gameplan and was the mastermind behind the defense. The collapse under Capers proves this.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous oscar_g said...

Wow, Saban was a good coach. Now I've heard it all. 6-10 record? What?

Wasn't this the same guy that didn't know how to throw a little red flag.

I tell you. Some of these comments are ridiculous.

Go Cam !!!

Go Fins!!!

6:59 PM  
Anonymous edswood said...

6-10 will seem like the SuperBowl after we go 2-14 this year. I will bet a dime to anyone who wants to bet that we go over six wins this year.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least someone is willing to step up and try to motivate. Good thing alot of you Madden fans are not players. Miami is going through a downside this is true. Alot of other NFL teams had gone through the same thing. But Miami has the worst fair weather fans period!

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joey Porter = overpaid, slow, irrelevant, non-factor. Does he even play on 3rd downs?

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need to blitz more in passing situations. Last week we had a 3rd and 17 when the jets were on their 15 yard line. No pass rush and pennington threw a 30 yard pass with lots of time. Rediculous

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Jose Cil said...

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11:17 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Folks, no anti-semetic, anti-black, anti-white, anti-ethnic group slurs will be allowed on here, OK?

If you want to criticize someone, do it based on their merits not their national origin or race or religion.

We're all brothers in this thing, knuckleheads.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous NYScott said...

Well it was nice knowing you Armando. I enjoyed reading your articles and contributing to the blog but I'm afraid after calling Joey Porter out your days might be numbered:) You have bigger balls than me my friend. If I had to stand in front of that monster (with a temper)every day I certainly wouldn't be calling him out to all of Florida. I know other people have done it but you kind of made it a little more personal with the Mr. Porter stuff. Tons of credit for standing by your convictions (unlike Cote) but have you made out your will yet? I'll send flowers. PS Obviously just kidding,I'm actually glad to know that at least one of you reporters has a pair! Way to go Mando.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

I agree, Porter needs to make plays but I don't think its all his fault. Look at Taylor, what has he done? They are not playing Dolphins defense and playing way to conservative. They need to be more aggressive, take some chances and fly to the ball. Then I think you'd see a big jump in performace not just in Porter but Taylor as well.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when Cote wrote that article this summer, praising Porter and his buddies for assaulting that guy in Vegas? Remember how he said it was a preview of things to come!

Class acts, Cote and Porter...

2:07 PM  
Anonymous KwameFinFanFaLife said...

I agree Porter has to make more plays, However within the scheme the player has to be put into the correct or best possible position to make that happen. There have been instances where our player were in position and havent made plays. You know I know it, but more time than not or rather than you all will admit,out player are out of position to make the play. I think we've got to get better on both ends Joey shut step up and make plays to overcome the lack of play calling, Im not saying go rogue within the playcalling and do what you want, just play above call and do what you do best and react on instinct. Also Dom could do a bit better than man-read, man-blitz, and man-zone combo, let's try a little more zone-blitz and see what happens.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Culpepper and the Raiders!!!! It's time for the three-time pro-bowler to show these morons what he's got and what they let go!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Jose Cil said...

You right, Mando, sorry my man.

Like Chuck D say, "Apology made to whomever pleases..."

You know the rest.

On Sunday, Fins 27-24. My boy Dante gonna light up the skies though; flipping for 300 yds, 3 Tds, and the bird to Cam Cam and Moo Moo Mueller.

13 games left till we rid a Mueller and the Cowher watch commence.

Word yo.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous LOL in NY said...

Hey Daunte fans. Are you not curious as to why Oakland hasn't named CPep the starter for Sunday (two days away) eventhough their starter has a broken toe,broken finger,AND a sprained finger on his throwing hand? Does Oakland have so little faith in his ability to run an offense that they might start a guy with no hands and one leg? LOL. I don't know what anyone else thinks but that doesn't say a lot about Daunte does it? It also strikes me funny that all the people sticking up for Daunte (and bashing their own team) have the collective IQ in the low teens. You should all learn to read and write before formulating opinions because it is very hard to take you seriously. The schools in Florida must be top notch. Be proud Floridians, you can't read or write, you root against your own team, and you morons can't even figure out how to use a voting booth. ROFLMAO!

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCown will start. The NFL probably asked Oakland to act as if DC was starting to up the ratings on what should be known as the loser bowl. Or maybe dumb and dumber would be a good name for the game. Blind beating the blind? Crap vs. crap? The worst of the worst,,,but even worst than that? CBS add--> 'Tune in Sunday to watch the two worst teams in the league try to act as if their season matters, on CBS! Da da da duuuummmmb,,,da da da da DA dummmmmmmmmb,,,DA DA DUMB, DA DA DUMB'. Pffffffffft

10:26 PM  

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