Saturday, July 30, 2011
And every so often, I choose to talk about it, and that's usually when I can safely predict that I'll get hate mail: you're not a real fan, you're an idiot, you're a 10 year old, you're in your mother's basement, bizarrophins (love that one, thanks!), and my personal favorite "quite obviously insane."
So here's the deal: I am a dolphins fan. I have been for all of my life. I followed them religiously until the early 2000s, and was so in tune with the team that I could sit and predict what plays they would call given any situation on both offense and defense. Later, I actually wrote a program to do that: I charted plays and refined my system over the course of a couple of seasons. I knew them as well as they knew themselves.
I live in South Florida, so I sometimes would run into players around town. I got to know a few at least a little. I've met a few more recently. And over time, I met a few coaches and people in the NFL. They will sometimes throw me a bone on the condition I don't give away my source. So I do usually have facts on my side.
Now as for my opinion. Well, my site has been around for over 17 years. The first, I dunno, 12 were a fun look at the team. I was upbeat and positive, and the word "bitchin" was totally a tongue-in-cheek joke. I didn't generally bitch about the team.
But over the last 5ish years, things have taken a turn for the bizarre. I know most of the other guys who run websites choose to remain positive, and upbeat, and are genuinely hoping for the best.
But I gave up on that. I was tired of always stating "hey its okay, they did x and it will work out because...." This team has lost its way, and I decided to call them out for what I feel are the wrong moves. How can I say its okay when Dave gets a contract extension for essentially underperforming, when Nicky lies, when Cam "fails forward fast" and when Parcells undermines the success of the team? And the owner makes the team the laughing stock just after the season ends?
And now, here we are with a team in a new era that still is looking for answers. With the roster changes, we're at over 95% roster turnover since Parcells, Ireland, and Sparano took over. Are they better now? Who knows? But simply changing some of the parts doesn't inspire confidence in me.
I've been saying since before Dan Marino retired that they need a QB. But coach after coach has ignored the position. And while this regime made an attempt with Henne, I still say he is NOT the answer and this team is still going nowhere.
And I will continue to say so. Controversial? Of course. But I'm nothing if not contrite. If I'm wrong, I will eat crow.
So there you go.
So they replaced the coordinator with a guy who was on team worse than the fins. They drafted for lineman and running back and picked up a guy in Bush who has been up and down but is oft injured but definitely has talent.
They left the receivers and tight ends alone. The TE situation is puzzling but you can only fill so many holes I suppose.
And then QB. They didn't find an upgrade. Rather they got a guy who only had a few wins and twice as many picks as TDs.
In summary, they didn't address their true needs and instead replaced parts that were working, and bought a box of band-aids.
I was kind of hoping for a bit of a wow factor here as training camp started. Instead it was mire if a yawn...
I know that many would argue he wasn't that great and think he was out of position on pass coverages. I respectfully disagree and think schematically he was used in a way that allowed Dansby and the safeties to make more plays.
But no matter. The dolphins purged his salary yesterday, and I think the defense will suffer as a result.
And that means the fins have purged everyone who had their own radio show last season. Coincidence? Hmmmmm.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
And...they have not traded for Kyle Orton. And depending on who you talk to, it either ends with a "yet" or "because it wasn't meant to be"...He's in Denver practicing with his team.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
It's the simple fact that reporters lined up across the street from the team facility to get shots/info about the return to work and Dee came out to talk with them.
Now, I understand it could easily have been a media circus at any NFL facility. And his act of coming out to see the media was a nice gesture.
But it underscores how "removed" the media is from the dolphins. They used to simply be allowed into the media room on one side of the building. Now they have an area that's not in the training facility.
So the only way to get news is to line up on the public right of way across the street. And have the CEO come to you with prepared comments.
"and we hope fans will come out in droves and purchase tickets!!'"
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
I saw it and immediately thought "the Dolphins? a puzzle? No, more like an enigma!"
[editor's note: what Dave is trying to express is that underperform regularly]
But the good part is that right now - everyone is undefeated and anyone can win it all!
Dear Dolphins Fans,
Welcome back to football! We are ecstatic that we can now turn our attention to the 2011 season that lies ahead.
I want to assure you – as both a fan and as the owner of the Dolphins – that we share the same goal. We want nothing less than to bring a Super Bowl Championship back to South Florida. That's always been my commitment. I feel even stronger about it now. You deserve nothing less.
Our coaches and players are eager to kick off the 2011 campaign in a big way. Thanks to the hard work of Jeff Ireland and our football staff, we were able to infuse our squad with a potent combination of speed, power and athleticism during the 2011 NFL Draft. With Coach Sparano's relentless dedication leading the way, we will build a smart, tough and disciplined team. We will continue to be active and aggressive in our ongoing effort to assemble a strong, championship caliber team.
Thank you for all you do for the Miami Dolphins. I am proud and honored to be a part of this storied franchise and appreciate your loyal support of our team. I look forward to seeing you at Sun Life Stadium in 2011.
[note: please insert your own jokes, I'm just passing this along to you]
It will be a chaotic few days with free agency and training camps going on at mostly the same time. GMs still don't know the agreement and certainly agents will be confused early on.
The dolphins will report on Thursday officially, though they can arrive Wednesday and get down to discussing recertification if the NFL PA.
The jets btw have already given everyone who received a pay reduction a check to cover the difference and are now back to full salary. I'll be curious to see if/when the dolphins follow suit.