Saturday, October 01, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
They did include people involved with marlins ticket sales or stadium operations for baseball.
Apparently, they also included a guy who I like and respect who worked in the dolphins media department. Why him? I have no idea but it bugs me in a way.
I mean, Stephen Ross is still paying off the smelly tuna's salary (for a job he never actually did) and then lets go of at least one decent, hard working guy who was a loyal member of the team.
Seems kind of wrong to me.
There are some good, entertaining shows.
And on the finside is changing days. This week they have a beat writer for the post. That ought to be fun.
Finsradio's On The Fin Side Moves To Wednesdays!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
And those got me to thinking about how players really perceive Sparano. An insider tipped me off to the fact that more than a few players are totally aware of the offseason shenanigans around their coach, and thought he was a 1 year coach. Essentially meaning that it was a win ... Or else scenario.
And so at 0-3 I asked if that meant players were ready to give up on Sparano. Silence followed by a company line about being professional speaks volumes.
I would not be surprised to see the tides turn soon. It's an easy leap to just giving up on the coach.
Oh and by the way Ross made a comment this week that Sparano wasn't "keeping up his end of the bargain" whatever the heck that means. Think players don't pay attention to the lack of confidence by the owner?
Monday, September 26, 2011
A little context here. In other sports, baseball in particular, one team can go out an spend wildly on free agents and have a very bloated payroll. While another team might go out and spend maybe 25% of that. The high payroll team will likely be in contention, and will sell out many games. The low payroll team will not be anywhere near contention and will have a lot of empty seats.
But who makes more money? Surprisingly, they both make a profit due to revenue sharing. And while the high payroll team makes a higher number, the lower payroll team will also garner a nice profit. As a percentage of what they expend, the lower payroll team often does better.
Now football is different due to the salary cap. But in this year's - and next year's - cap, there some wiggle room. While the NFL as a whole has to spend 90% of the cap space, there are some teams with payrolls that exceed the cap, meaning that they are 100%+, so another team can be 90%-. And even that overall aggregate 90% is a little misleading. There are still some back salaries to pay out, sometimes to players no longer around. And that means there are some teams that went more youth, no high priced free agents, and have a lot of cap space.
Miami is one such team. And they reportedly have at least $8 million in cap space. So maybe they go 4-12. But with revenue sharing, they will make money anyway. Maybe not as much as the Cowboys or Redskins, but Mr. Ross will post a profit.
And so in a way they are "losing cheap" because he decided to take less of a profit, and spend less. Thus, as a percentage of what he spends, he's doing okay.
Sources inside tell us that he instructed Ireland to not spend on free agency, to let it ride and grow the team with a youth movement.
Who knows what he has in mind...but like many of you, I am losing faith in the Dolphins ownership to to the right thing and try and win games - rather than strictly treating it as a business...
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Given the offensive performance, Miami would have been blown out by a good team. In a word, they stunk, and couldn't beat my grandmother. And on defense, the ONLY reason it stayed close was because Colt [edit: McCoy] had a really tough first half - don't kid yourself and think Miami was good on defense. They weren't.
Okay, so I had Tivo'd the game and started watching about two hours in. I did the old "fast forwarding through the cover-your-eyes-awful parts" and made it to the third quarter, before I had to leave for a couple of hours. And so I stopped watching and came back to it later. And it was such an odd feeling because I was totally apathetic. I felt no emotion, and though I was curious about who won, I didn't feel any angst in not seeing it.
Funny thing: Dan Lebatard had an article in today's paper about how a loss would propel most fans into the realm of tuning it out - I was already there.
Anyway, as far the game itself, the Phins allowed, I dunno, 7 sacks in the game, and I think they failed to get to Brennan (or at least that's how it felt). Colombo looked bad. Carey and his replacement Jerry looked bad. Pouncey whiffed a few times. And Jake Long? Wow, he is a shell of himself. They should give him more time to rehab - he is not doing much out there....
Nolan Carroll started for the injured Vontae Davis. And once again, Sparano should have cut him during the game. His performance was a-trow-shus. It was freakin' unbelievable. Jason Taylor was only noticeable when he went offsides, and Cameron Wake was invisible. Does Miami even have linebackers on the roster?
And of course, they had trouble scoring in the redzone. There were too many penalties.
The last series for Miami on defense summed up the kind of day they were having (allowed a TD on it). And the last series on offense pretty much summed up the season: Miami got the ball near midfield due to a celebration penalty and a horse-collar tackle. They needed maybe 10 yards to be in Carpenter's range.
And so they went incomplete deep pass, incomplete deep pass, short pass, interception. The playcalls left me perplexed, except that maybe they were trying to give Henne a chance to win it - y'know put the ball in his hands and win it all in one play. But it just shows what I have been saying for a while now - he is NOT going to win you a game himself!
I felt bad in a way. Not because they lost, but because late I was, well, I was actually rooting against the Dolphins. Not that I wanted them to lose, just that I felt like my point during this entire offseason was missed by readers, and it validates what I have been saying all along. This team did not get any better, in fact I would argue they got worse.
Oh and by the way, here's something I have been thinking about: as you look around the league, many QBs have been looking good. Scoring has been up. There's a lot of passing yardage being racked up. And over time, I think you'll see defenses catch up (its not uncommon for offenses to be ahead in the preseason, and this year with the lockout, it makes sense it would happen during the first few weeks of the season). And as it relates to the Fins, Chad Henne looked decent early on, but, its clear that he's not as good as his stats would have you believe.
So the dolphins are 0-3, and at this point, I would say this season is a total waste. Why? Because it seems clear to me that there will be a house cleaning this offseason. And so the flirting Cap'n Izzy did in nearly firing the Booting Bull (Sparano) and then keeping him just delayed the inevitable.
A bad season - with no upside - appears to be the storyline. If he had replaced Sparano, at least we'd be building under a new coach. Instead, we're just left to wonder who the next coach will be, whether Ireland will survive, and if the Dolphins will take Luck with the first overall pick.
Its just so.....stupid.