Saturday, July 21, 2007

Changes to broadcasts

I was reading something this morning that Joe Bailey will continue to have a weekly show on the radio, to which many asked "why? its boring radio." I see this as a further extension of the marketing arm of the team. He's out there saying what the team is doing, and doing the PR work. Its not a bad thing, and sometimes its moderately interesting. But, its not as compelling as the Marlins team president coming on his show and doing movie reviews and generally having fun.

I also hear Cam Cameron doesn't favor doing a weekly live show, but will be doing a pre-recorded show more like the previous coaches.

And Fins TV will be no more. Instead, they're coming up with a show that is "Dolphins All Access" which will have some elements that Fins TV had, but will also add the weekly coach's show as a feature. More importantly, the program will not be owned and controlled by the Dolphins. Rather, it will be the property of the local affiliate. That means that Joe Rose can ask tougher questions, and won't be limited to what the Dolphins tell him. This is probably a good thing, since Fins TV tended to be kind of silly...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

tick...tick...tick...

As you may recall, before the draft, H Wayne said of his future draftees "If you don't report, you're sitting out, baby. We're not playing you."

Reporting date for rookies is 3 days away, and Ted Ginn, Jr, John Beck, and Drew Mormino are unsigned.

I guess Jr will wind up not being a factor, and Beck won't have the role I anticipated. I mean, they won't be playing unless something gets done soon, right?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wouldn't that be funny?

Even though its *highly* unlikely to happen, wouldn't it be amusing if the Falcons signed Daunte? I mean Vick might very well get suspended, and that would leave Joey Harrington as the starter and Culpepper as his backup!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Football 101

I've decided on a new feature here at Dave's: a primer to football, with focus on the Dolphins. I figure I'm a student of the game, and its time to impart some of my knowledge to fans who are learning the sport and want to know more.

Ready? Here goes.

Let's start off with the basics. And I mean the real basics. On any given play, its 11 on 11. Even on special teams (kickoffs, punts, and field goals). From How Stuff Works , here's a diagram of how the players lineup on offense and defense:


Offense
There always must be 7 players on the line of scrimmage (draw a line from sideline to sideline where the football is placed). The other 4 can be lined up anywhere: on the line or behind it. No one can be lined up beyond it. But, there are a few catches. The ball must be hiked (passed from between the legs) from someone (the center because he's at the center of the line) to someone else (and this does NOT have to be the quarterback). So, realistically, there has to be one guy in the backfield. Also, there are kind of specific rules about who can go out for a pass and be "eligible" to receive it. We'll get into the specific nuances of that rule in a future discussion. For now, lets generalize and say that along the line, only the guys at the ends can be eligible. Since they are far away from the center and can receive, they are called "wide receivers" (catchy, no?)

Note that in the picture, the wide receiver on the right is actually shown behind the line; that makes the tight end eligible as well.

Guys in the backfield are also eligible to catch a pass. Their names are typically half back, and full back. Here's how the names are derived:

------------------------ line
quarter of the way back
half of the way back
all the way (or full) back

Although they don't always line up this way, that's how their names came about.

Before the snap, everyone must set. Lineman have to stop moving, and all but one other guy has to stop too. The offense can put any of the receiver in motion - that is moving in any direction except turning "up the field" like he's going out for a pass.

We'll get into how the players move and what happens later. For now, that sets the lineup.

Defense
Defenses can play any formation they like. Typically, coaches rely on a set of three defensive linemen, four linebackers (they back up the line), and four defensive backs (because they play back away from the ball), referred to as a 3-4, or have four defensive linemen, three linebackers, and four defensive backs, reffered to as a 4-3. They can vary that, of course, but those are the two most basic formations. Why pick one over another? It dependes on whether you want to control the line with more players matched up against the offensive line, or whether you want to have more guys running around free to make tackles.

The play on defense can get fairly sophisticated. But, the general nature is that the defensive lineman occupy the offensive line. The linebackers make sure that the tight end and running backs are accounted for, two of the defensive backs cover the receivers on the corners of the field (these are called "corner backs") while the other two prevent a big play that might happen if someone gets free. They're called safeties, because they provide a safety net on the field. A last line of defense.

In another session, we'll get into what the defense does, and how the plays break down.

But, for now, this should give you an idea of who's out there, and what they do.

Your homework is to memorize the names of all the positions. There will be a test on it the next time we meet.

Class is dismissed.

The Culpepper error comes to a close

The Dolphins released Daunte this afternoon. He "came home" and flopped. He "started the second half of his career" with a fair amount of rehab.

Quoth he:
"Now that I have won my freedom and I get to choose my next team, I am just like many other people who have to go out and find employment so that I can take care of my family. I just hope that there is still a team or two out there that has an opportunity for a hard-working quarterback who is willing to come in and contribute wherever needed."

Ummm. Yeah. Find employment? Dude, you made several MILLION dollars last year for doing NOTHING. There are many, many people out there who won't see that kind of money in a lifetime of hard work.

So, lets say that the Broncos "need" a wedge buster on special teams. Willing to do that?

Oh, and by the way, take a gander at this quote:
"As I was going through this process, I heard about a quote by Gandhi that best expresses my thoughts about this victory. He said, 'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.'."

He's quoting Gandhi? Really? I guess he's referring to Joe Gandhi who played guard for the Packers in the 60s.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Good interview

Doug, over at Phinatics.com, conducted an interview with Channing Crowder during the Randy McMichael golf tournament.  Its a fun read...from Doug:
 
He is one funny dude and goes non-stop with the entertaining.  I wish I could have filmed him sharing some of his hilarious stories to people that were there.  I do have some pics to post later, but it's not the same.

Talk to the hand!

During a 30-minute interview on Sun Sports' In My Own Words series, Alabama coach Nick Saban admitted he didn't handle his departure from the Dolphins well.

"I have been criticized for that and maybe rightfully so, but it's not really who I am, and I do care about what people think.  I am responsible for how I handled [leaving the Dolphins for the Alabama job] and I tried to handle it in a way that was going to be the best for our team. ... Personally, I wanted to make a decision at the end of the season as to what is going to make the Sabans most happy. But at the same time I was not going to do anything while I was coaching that team to affect the players."
Dude, you're trying to appease your fans in Ab-a-lama...at least until you decide to leave them hanging, too....