Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chad P

A friend of mine ran into Dr. Pennington earlier this week.  Seems Chad had his shoulder surgery already and it apparently was successful.
My friend was telling me he had throughts about walking up and giving Chad a solid manly man shoulder punch and saying something like "Hey!  How's it going?!"
I got a laugh at considering that one.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Ummm, yeah

Tony Sparano made a comment that he's happy with the group he's got, when asked whether he thought he needed more receivers.
Happy?  With that bunch?  Ay yay yay.
Meanwhile, Miami's next opponent (los Jets) took a bold step and traded for Braylon Edwards, formerly of the Browns.  Now Edwards had a lot of potential when he came out of college, and played well in his first few years.  But, he has become somewhat of a distraction, and hasn't played to his potential in the last few years.
I'm not saying that Miami should have traded for Edwards.  What I am saying is that some teams don't just stand pat with what they got.

That's wild

Here's how Miami lined up in the Wildcat on Brown's long run.  What I noticed was that the formation is not your typical unbalanced line.  And at the snap the right side of the line ran what amounted to a trap block: the center engaged the guy over right guard, and the right guard blocked into the hole.  They did still have the left guard pull into that hole.  But the defense was obviously not prepared for such a move.
They normally would have expected the unbalanced line with the typical blocking schemes.  Instead, the Dolphins were able to get the line blocked and take out the linebacker.  Since it was a quick execution, Brown was behid Smiley (the pulling guard) as soon as Smiley got there.
The gain was a long one.

Teddy's play

Here's a look at Ginn's end around.  As you see from the first shot, the Dolphins did nothing to make the Bills think this was anything other than a base offense - would they run or pass?
At the snap, Henne drops back, but Ginn then circles around behind him.  Henne pitches the ball to him, and Ginn goes up the field.  Look at the line blocking scheme - this is a well-designed play with the blockers opening a whole and trapping several players on the right side as Ginn went left.
In the second shot, you can get a sense of where the blockers went on the play.
And finally in shot three, take a look at Ginn's decision.  He could have turned out behind Donald Thomas, and used his speed to get beyond the tacklers.  But he chose to go inside, which brought him into a couple of tacklers.  IMHO, the blockers were blocking to give Ginn the sideline.
And firther IMHO that's why Ginn is not having more success.  His decisions on routes and runs shows an "immaturity" in the way he handles himself.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fwd: Ronnie Brown: FedEx Ground Player of the Week Nomination

Its like we always say "vote early.  vote often."

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From: Kurash, Dan (CHI-WSW)
Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Ronnie Brown: FedEx Ground Player of the Week Nomination
To: "" <>

Ronnie Brown was nominated for the Week 4 FedEx Ground Player of the Week award. This is his second nomination of the season. He was nominated in Week 2, but did not receive enough votes to win.
I wanted to see if you can help spur votes by running a mention of his nomination and getting fans to vote for Brown at If Brown wins, $1,000 will go to the local Safe Kids Coalition in Miami.
Voting ends at noon ET on Friday.
The full NFL press release is pasted below.  Let me know if you have questions.
Dan Kurash
312-988-2314 (office)
Fans To Vote For Winners On
FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements
On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams' Markets
Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, DAVID GARRARD of the Jacksonville Jaguars and PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 4 - 5, while running backs RONNIE BROWN of the Miami Dolphins, MATT FORTE of the Chicago Bears and RASHARD MENDENHALL of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on 
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team's city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
For a second season, fans can tune into the "FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown" posted exclusively on starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network's RICH EISEN and MARSHALL FAULK host the weekly five-minute show. 
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:
  • Minnesota's BRETT FAVRE completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers, 30-23.
  • Jacksonville's DAVID GARRARD led an offense that gained 442 total yards by completing 27 of 37 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 37 - 17 win over the Tennessee Titans.
  • Indianapolis' PEYTON MANNING completed 31 of 41 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the Colts' 34 - 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.  Manning became just the third quarterback in NFL history to start a season with four consecutive 300-yard games.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
  • Miami's RONNIE BROWN rushed 20 times 115 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Dolphins' 38-10 victory over division rival Buffalo.
  • Chicago's MATT FORTE posted 121 yards and one rushing touchdown over 12 carries in the Bears' 48 - 24 win over the Detroit Lions.
  • Pittsburgh's RASHARD MENDENHALL carried the ball 29 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' 38 – 28 win over the San Diego Chargers.
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids off the field. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements through its 10-year partnership with Safe Kids USA.
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Is It Next Monday Yet?

From the Phins:

Fresh off the big win against AFC East rival Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins face another rival, the New York Jets, next Monday, October 12th at 8:30 p.m. at Land Shark Stadium. 
Be here to see live:
Dolphins players wear ORANGE jerseys for only the third time ever.  The last two times the team wore orange jerseys resulted in Dolphins' victories!
The Dolphins along with the NFL celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Among the festivities is Latin Grammy award-winning Jesse and Joy performing live at the Land Shark Tailgate Stage, Marc Anthony singing the national anthem and a special "Celebration of the Americas" halftime show with participation by Gloria Estefan and a live performance by Jocelyn Rivera.
So be here for what promises to be an unforgettable night in South Florida in this Monday Night Football game. Wear your Dolphins ORANGE and come ready to FIESTA!
And thanks to our partners at Boar's Head you can purchase an Upper Sideline seat for just $52, a $30 savings.  Plus, with every ticket purchase, the Miami Dolphins Foundation will donate $10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The password for this offer is "SUPPORT".  But, hurry, only a limited number of tickets are available for Monday's game!

Sunday, October 04, 2009


...A win!
At the outset, I noticed that Ted Ginn was still starting, as was S Gibril Wilson.  And JT was still in the same spot.  So when Coach Sparano said he was going to shake things up and make some changes, I assume he didn't mean there.  In fact, 20 starters were back in the same spots; the exceptions were J Peasy who had a hamstring injury, and Henne.
But, as the game wore on, you saw more and more players making something other than token appearances.  Soliai got a lot of playing time, as did Erik Walden.  Cameron Wake got in the game.  They had the dbs rotating around to various schemes and positions. Ted Ginn had his decent run (more on that later), but still only came up with one catch.  So, he finally went to the bench, and we saw a lot more of Hartline.  JT kept pressing and came up with 2.5 sacks.
Henne did a decent job, given it was his first start.  I wasn't wowed, but I wasn't underwhelmed either.  He was solid.
Now Donald Thomas (more on him in the wanker section) had an up and down day, and was replaced at times by Nate Garner. 
So, I guess Sparano did in fact make some player adjustments, and did shake thing up with the playcalls on both sides.  Kudos to him.

What was up with that?

We know it was breast cancer awareness day, and players wore pink to help the cause.
But in the Dolphins telecast, there were only a couple (two?) shots of cheerleaders.  I think a better motivating factor for most men to think about breast cancer is to actually show them some breasts!  More shots of cheerleaders couldn't have hurt.
Or is it just me?