Thursday, March 23, 2006

Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.

Whatever the merits of Daunte Culpepper's case, I had to comment on the name of his attorney. It's "Earl Gray"... was Daunte in the tea bag aisle of the grocery store when he was looking for lawyers?

Dolphins team banquet

Last night was the big shin-dig honoring the 2005 Dolphins. It used to be fan-fest, and was a breakfast, but I digress.

Chris Chambers was named the MVP for the team. Chris did have a nice half of a year. But, before his 200 yard performance later in the season, the fans and the media were trying to run this guy out of town. He was good, but not MVP material. Shouldn't the criteria be having a good total season? He dropped way too many balls early in the year, and I still have trouble with him as my #1 receiver.

IMHO, Zach was a better selection. As I stated at year end: My MVP for the year is.....drum roll.....Zach Thomas. He once again led the team in tackles, and made the probowl. Although he missed a couple of games, we hear that he did bring in bagels for everyone each and every day he didn't practice.

There were 3 no shows at the event among the team:
Manny Wright - isn't that what NFL experts were saying about him when he was drafted? Sometimes he "doesn't show up"

"The weirdo" - yeah, no surprise there. He's out of the country, and still appealing his latest positive test for some drug.

Daunte Culpepper - he was "introduced" to the crowd, and everyone was told he would be wearing #8, and a jersey was shown to the crowd. But, alas, the jersey was empty. I'm beginning to wonder if we actually traded for him or not. Maybe there was a clerical mistake and we actually traded for "Dante' Coolpeeper" who can't throw a spiral but can make a mean omlette. That's going to be tough to explain to the fans, but if they just made this a breakfast instead and had him making omlettes, all would be forgiven.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Miami's (primary) secondary

There is a division among fans and in the media about how Saban is approaching his defensive backfield.

Cound me among those who believe he is doing some good things. Saban has a scheme he runs. Its a lot of zone coverages, some man-man coverage, and no press coverage. You see a lot of formations that call on the db to come up in run support, which you never saw in Jim Bates' defense.

Sam Madison and Patrick Sertain were not the kind of players that fit Saban's defensive scheme. They are adept at bump and run one-one coverage on great receivers. Their talents were not supporting the run game by making tackles, sometimes in the backfield.

So, Sertain had value and he traded him. Madison was due a roster bonus and he released him. I like both players. I will miss both players. But, its clear that his direction is to find players who can play in his scheme.

I don't know much about Renaldo Hill or Will Allen. But, I do know that both are good dbs who teams discarded. And when I look at the teams that let them go, I realize that they are teams that play the man coverage, and they weren't "getting it done." That's why Madison and Allen effectively traded places. Madison will probably have some success in NY, and maybe Allen will be a good role player in Saban's defense.

Talk about distancing yourself.

I gotta agree with Dan LeBetard on this one. Brad Childress (who LeBetard refers to as a "Wannstache Wannabe") taking shots at Daunte Culpepper just ain't right. He never actually met Culpepper, and moreoever, never actually called an offensive play (it would seem that Andy Reid did all the actual playcalling in Philly).

So, for him to take cheap shots at Culpepper serves only one purpose: to get the fans on his side that he did the right thing.

Wow, he really is the "white Ricky Williams"

Teammates were giving offensive linemen Tony Pape a hard time when he showed up for off-season workouts yesterday.

And rightfully so. Pape was allocated to NFL Europe last season, he wrote a weekly column for the Dolphins website, and his team won the championship.

Then, he abruptly walked away from football. We gave him the "Ricky Williams award" during training camp, because, well, he was a white Ricky Williams.

But, also like Ricky, Nick Saban resurrected Pape's career and welcomed him back with open arms.

"I didn't have the right mindset going into camp, and I didn't feel I had a chance to make the team" said Pape.