Saturday, August 07, 2010

David Martin

I find the re-signing of David Martin very intriguing.

Martin was a key contributor in '08 as the Phins went 11-5.  Then, his absence was noticed in '09 as the team struggled with the big play and getting the most out of the tight end.

I wonder what the effect of him returning will be?

Friday, August 06, 2010

what a jackass

The report says that Rex Ryan signed the logo on the ESPN bus "Soon to be champs" over the Jets logo yesterday...

I think he actually wrote "soon to be CHUMPS"


Thursday, August 05, 2010

DOWNTOWN BOCA To Host Miami Dolphins First Official Pep Rally Of The 2010 Season With Special DOWNTOWN BOCA News To Be Announced At Festivities

 

 

CALLING ALL FINATICS!

SHOW YOUR DOLPHINS PRIDE AND COME OUT IN AQUA AND ORANGE!

 

DOWNTOWN BOCA

Is Host To

Miami Dolphins First Official Pep Rally Of The 2010 Season

With Special DOWNTOWN BOCA News

To Be Announced At Festivities

 

BOCA RATON, FL (August 5, 2010) – The City of Boca Raton and the Miami Dolphins invite the South Florida community and all Dolphins' fans to Downtown Boca for the first official Dolphins' pep rally of the 2010 season that will include a special joint fan program news announcement on Thursday, August 12th at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.  Presented by the City of Boca Raton, the free and open-to-the public festivities run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Fans will be able to celebrate the kick-off of the 2010 Miami Dolphins season — billed as the South Florida's Biggest Party —with City of Boca Raton officials, Miami Dolphins' CEO Mike Dee, team alumni, Dolphins cheerleaders, TD the mascot, Fins Force and hundreds of "finatics".  Kids of all ages will also have fun with a 20-foot Dolphin player air dancer, bronze player statue performer, stilt walkers, power skippers, Dolphins bounce house, Dolphins quarterback toss, and receive giveaways as well as enjoy special games and activities. There will be great music, entertainment, and photo opportunities for attendees and an array of food vendors.

 

"We are so pleased to host the Miami Dolphins and welcome the greater South Florida community and all Dolphins fans to our vibrant Downtown Boca," said City of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel.  "In addition to cheering on our South Florida home team, pep rally attendees will enjoy discovering all that is Downtown Boca, from great restaurants, shopping, cultural offerings, parks, business community, nightlife and family fun."

 

"The residents of Boca Raton have long been among our most ardent and passionate fans," said Mike Dee, Dolphins' CEO.  "We appreciate the entire city rolling out the orange carpet for us as we partner together on this event and more this season."

 

For more details on Downtown Boca and Dolphins pep rally, visit www.DowtownBoca.org or www.MiamiDolphins.com.

 

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Wild Cat

Saw this picture posted on the Sentinel's website.  Clearly, the Phins were running the wildcat since Ronnie Brown is in the backfield.  But, there's a wrinkle.  Cobbs and Ricky are in motion, but no one on the o-line is in motion...
 
Typically, the left guard will go in motion and block into the hole between the center and right guard, whether its a run or a pass.  And while he's in motion the rest of the line is drive blocking for the run.
 
Here, the o-linemen are all in a pass protection stance.  In the end, the blocking scheme is very different than what any team might prepare for.  Well done!

And that would lead me to believe there are many more wrinkles we haven't seen yet.

I don't quite get this haze

What did the vets tell Odhrick to "take out the garbage" ???
 

Rookie Hazing

Need I say more?

AJ Edds rookie season is over

He tore his ACL (and yes, it was his ACL and not his achillies) in practice yesterday.

Tony Sparano's new mantra

Each season, coach Sparano comes up with a new phrase to rally the team around.

This season its "I'M STARVING -- FEED THE WOLF"
 
He handed out T-shirts to the players with that matra yesterday.  According to an interview the idea came about because a spring practice was lackadaisical. Quoth he:
 
``I had a team meeting and kind of got into them a little bit, It was about 7-9 not being good enough and how this team shouldn't be fat, they should be starving. They should be hungry and want to feed the wolf. So now when we talk about this we talk about feeding the wolf with little successes every day.''
 
I guess its working, witness Brandon Marshall's comments

``That's feeding us as a team, as a whole, each time we come out on the field,.We stay hungry, we get hungrier. We're stuffing ourselves with great practices.''

And Karlos Dansby:
 
``We're fighting for one goal: Win it all. We're starving for success.''

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The QB position

At this point, it appears as though Chad Henne is your starter.  But remember that Chad Pennington was given a contract that rewards him if he manages to become the starter.  

There are two ways to look at this: It would be a sizeable pay increase meaning that its unlikely that the Phins expect him to reach it.  But, if you read between the lines, it would appear that Pennington has effectively been told there is a chance he could regain the starting spot.  Of course, he's said publicly he'd like to be a starter here - or elsewhere.  And really, his contract is only for one year, so it confuses matters more.

There is the mitigating factor of his rehab.  The plan was to have him start off this year as the #3, and possibly on the PUP, thus allowing time to rehab...and for the other guys not look over their shoulders.  But during the first couple of days of camp, Pennington was out there throwing like everyone else.  So much for needing rehab.

Then, the Dolphins did something unexpected and signed another QB (he reports Monday).  This guy was an undrafted FA, so I don't expect much more of him than to come in and be another arm in camp and maybe find a spot on the practice squad.  

I would assume that Henne and Pennington will be two of the QBs on the roster.  Where does that leave Pat White - who by all accounts looks more "with it" - and Tyler Thigpen?  One of them almost certainly will not be on the roster on opening day.

And one of the three QBs will be designated the #3 guy.

At this point, who that is is anyone's guess...