Thursday, October 06, 2011
And today cones word that henne is done for the season; he needs surgery. And since his contract is up this year, it seems likely he had played his last game for the fins.
And btw, it turns out Matt Moore is the 16th guy to start since marino retired 12 years ago.
How sad is that?
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Launched in 2010, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge ("DCC") is a two-day tri-county charity cycling event coordinated by the Miami Dolphins Foundation. The purpose of the DCC is to increase cancer awareness, encourage healthy hobbies, and raise funds for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In its inaugural year, DCC raised $533,106 for Sylvester, setting the bar high for future rides. This year the Dolphins Cycling Challenge will honor Dolphins legend Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich who led the team on and off the field for over 40 years and lost his courageous battle with cancer this spring.
So I would suggest that he consult multiple sources. Hire 10 different "experts" to give you a detailed analysis of the management of the team, and the roster. Ask Shula to do it. Ask Peterson to do it. Get loads of information about the state of the team.
Meanwhile, look at successful organizations. What do they do right? That's generally what you want to emulate.
Later - after that's done - you want to decide where to go. Lets assume for a moment that the reports all indicate that there's not enough talent on this team, and they're not working hard enough. Presumably you need a coach and a GM, so its time to compile a list of who's out there, get profiles, resumes, and interview the ones that might be available. As a businessman, remember they are working for you. Their job is to produce some excitement, win, and fill seats. And they will either have to be compatible, or one will be in control.
There's no point in this "suck for Luck" campaign, but as the season draws to a close later, Miami could be in a position where they're not bad enough to get him and just not good enough otherwise. I would suggest in that case, they get him at all costs. You can have the whole draft. You can have my first and ANY two players on my roster. Whatever it takes...
That's my two cents.
Now if I'm Sparano, and I just got this vote of confidence from my owner, I'm taking a different approach to this. First, I have to cut ties with a couple of players. I'd start with Nolan Carroll and Marc Colombo. Then, I would put Jake Long on IR. Let him heal. Then, I'd be looking at the stat sheet, performance, and loose tongues: JT, Brandon Marshall, and Yermiah Bell would all be inactive until further notice. And I'd go ahead and start Matt Moore. Shake the whole freakin' thing up.
Monday, October 03, 2011
"[I'm] very disappointed, to put it mildly [about being 0-4] but Tony is the right coach and that the players believe in him."
"But certainly, we have to see better results."
"Everybody involved with this team – the players, the coaches, are disappointed to be 0-4. We have to stay together and really get behind our coach. I believe Tony is the right coach. All the games we've played have been very close, could have gone either way. But when you see the team practicing and playing as hard as they can, I think that's a good sign."
"I am hopeful [the team will turn around its season]"
"You read in the press, everybody talks about changes and that would change things around. I really believe that any football team, if you look at the winning teams, they are consistent and they stay the course. You go through rough periods. I think we have a lot of talent."
"But I think, most important, the players believe in Tony. As long as the players believe in him and are playing hard for him, with the talent we have, we are going to win our share of games.""We're committed to winning, will do whatever resources it takes to win. As long as the team is really behind its coach and it has talent, it has a good shot of winning. Like in anything else, you've got to be optimistic. I think you stay the course. We'll get there."
"I feel as frustrated as you do. When you hurt, I'm hurting. I'm dedicated to making sure we turn this around as fast as possible."
Well, since misery loves company, I can't think of a better idea than getting a ton of Dolphins fans together in the Meadowlands. :) And maybe we can make enough noise to actually motivate the team to win. (A girl can dream...)
But still, DolfansNYC is 3 for 3 at the Meadowlands, so you never know. That streak could continue.
I know the last thing people want to talk about is going to the games, but I was hoping you all could please help us spread the word that we have a huge group (71 to be exact) going to the game on Monday the 17th and we do still have some tix available if anyone is interested in joining us.
If you have Tri-State area fans on your sites or know anyone who is thinking of making a trip up, please send them this link:
They can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. We'll also be tailgating before the game if they want to meet up.
Thanks in advance for getting the word out!
Enjoy the bye week!
-Short Michelle =)
Really? You're reading the paper and worrying about what people think/write about you?
How about covering your opponent, rather than caring about who covers you?
He told the reporter to 'quit hiding behind a computer and put on some pads.' How about *you* put on some pads, Kevin?
Seriously, this team is ridonculous.
And it just goes to show you that he must not read my blog. Otherwise he'd be looking to try and sack me. But he'd probably miss the tackle. (ha ha)
Sunday, October 02, 2011
But I watched intently as the Lions and Cowboys played, and switched over to the Houston-Pittsburgh tilt at times. Those were some great, and very entertaining games.
Funny isn't it? A few years ago, the Dolphins were always fun to watch and the Lions were bad. Now the roles are totally reversed. At least it provides a glimmer of hope - Miami can rebuild and get better!
At various times, it looked tantilizingly close - as though the Fins might actually win. But you knew that somehow, some way, they would manage to lose. The team has everything at stake, and Tony remains true to himself and settles for field goals, rather than simply pressing on, and letting things play out. The bootin' bull is nothing, if not consistent.
Wake had a sack and Ian Eagle was saying he's been a good player having 18 sacks in 20 games. And that is an accomplishment. But it actually hasn't done much good. In that span, Miami only has a couple of wins. Jason Taylor "started," but like the rest of the defense, his part was played by an actor, brought in from LA. (It was nice of Steve Ross to hire a busload of actors to play the fins, and let the players have the day off, wasn't it?)
And so comes the bye. Maybe the owner cuts ties with Sparano. Maybe not.
But I think its time to start up the discussion about the next head coach - and what QB prospect (and probably veteran QB) we'd like to see here next year.
I personally am not big on retread coaches - please no Cowher or Gruden. Instead give me a guy like Rob Ryan. He's about as opposite to Sparano as I can imagine. Where everything is a secret with Sparano; with Rob its all on the table. And imagine how much fun the Jets games would be when he could tweak his brother. Talk about creating a buzz!
Funny how we had one head coach here for 26 years, and really 4 QBs in that time. And in the last 15 years, we've had 6 head coaches and a boatload of QBs (I think its 12?)
Ah well, 2012 is our year!!!
Now, with that said, I ask you what do the following list of QBs have in common?
Jim Plunkett, Joe Theismann, Joe Montana, Jim McMahon, Phil Simms, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Brett Favre, John Elway, Kurt Warner, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers
You might realize they are the QBs who have won at least one SuperBowl since 1980. What else do they all have in common - except maybe one or two of them, that I'll get back to in a minute?
That would be they are (or were) at the top of their sport. They have been considered as the best QBs of their time, some of the greats. Now, I realize there are other greats (a certain Dan Marino springs to mind) who have never won a superbowl, but this post about the ones who have won it all.
I'm making an argument that unless you have one of the great QBs, your team will not win a SuperBowl title. Heck, as you look at the losing QBs in that same span, most of them were also greats - so you could probably argue that just to get to the big show, you have to have a great QB.
Now as for the couple that might raise an eyebrow or two - Dilfer had probably the single greatest defense across the field from him; McMahon had arguably the second best. And a few others had outstanding running games and very good defenses and good coaching - and they didn't make a lot of mistakes. They were the kind of players you could count on to bring you back, and had success.
And guess what? They are all fairly smart guys. If you listened (again to MOST of them), they were articulate and really understood the game.
And overall, that's something that's been missing here since 1999 when Marino retired. And it won't get better until the dolphins finally address that need....