Saturday, December 10, 2011

Things are looking up? (reader comments)

One of my readers wrote:

> These fins, unlike any fins team in the last 10 years, is actually very close to greatness. If they keep their core players, draft a good QB and don't waste money on a short-term bromide like Manning or do something stupid like get rid of Sparano, they will go to at lest 2 rounds deep into next years playoffs

Which makes me wonder what in the world is going on in with dol-fans. Look, I know hope springs eternal and we have seen some good play overall the last few weeks.

But that is not enough to overcome 0-7 nor the mediocre teams that have been out there the last few seasons. And please save your breath when you talk about how the lockout affected this team. It affected all teams equally and Miami was among the worst teams at the start. That's bad coaching, bad luck, or whatever. And nothing more.

I remind everyone that the rules have changed and next offseason there will be fewer workouts and less team activity. It's the new world of the nfl. Get used to it; don't use it as an excuse!!

I still say Tony and Jeff MUST go. End of story.

Close to greatness ??!!


Friday, December 09, 2011

Oh now they'll go to the Super Bowl

The story goes that JT is weighing a return to the fins in 2012. Yeah that's great. Because the fins need another over-the-hill underperformer next season

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Losing ground

A few weeks ago I talked about how Stephen Ross was losing a prospective fan base among kids who could root for the fins, but don't.

The road only gets harder. Basketball is back and talk turns to the big 3 and their next run at a championship. Baseball is stealing headlines with the marlins trying to play fantasy games. And hockey has a renewed interest. And with the canes football team, there's always news.

So....the dolphins, who until maybe a year ago were always the talk of the town, are now relegated to the back seat. If you pick up the paper or listen to sports talk the news has shifted away from the fins.

It's gonna be hard to fill seats for a while...,

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Now that's a strong opinion

I've gone on record as saying that I strongly believe that Ireland and Sparano need to go.  Last offseason, I was up for giving Tony "one more year" - but that time has passed.  He may have good control of the team, but he ain't getting it done.

Last night, as I came home from work, I heard Steve Goldstein - who is the voice of the Florida Panthers, but admittedly is not a football expert - talking about Sparano.  He absolutely believes that Sparano and Ireland must be fired - and said anyone who thinks they deserve another year is an idiot.

"I don't mean to be starting controversy....but....well, how could I not?..."  I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road. 

Monday, December 05, 2011

Enthusiastic? Yeah, no

Okay, I'll grant you that maybe this team is better than it appeared when they started 0-7.  And Sparano has done a nice job of keeping the team together through it all.  And maybe he gets consideration for coach of the year.

But facts are facts.  In his tenure, the team went 11-5 (with Pennington single-handedly winning 3-4 games; otherwise the team would have been 7-9 or 8-8), then went 7-9, 7-9, and now can do no better than 8-8.

They've been slow starters.  They've let leads go.  They're erratic.  They're inconsistent.  And IMHO they are not *that* good.  

So the great debate over the last 4 weeks rolls on: do we need a new coach, a new GM, and new QB?  4 weeks ago the answers were yes, yes, and Hell YES!  

What we think doesn't matter - only the opinion of the owner matters.  And we'll see in a few weeks what he thinks.

Either way, there will be an outcry, I'm sure of it.

Stupidest comment of the day

"It's not so much about how you start, it's about how you finish."

From the mouth of Kevin Burnett, after yesterday's drubbing of the Raiders.

If you start 0-7, and finish say 8-8, you are still a bad team. 

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Say what? I slept through a lot of the first half and had a soccer game to coach in the second half, so I only caught the final.

I don't know what to think about another win, at this point.

Now before anyone starts with the fins being "spoilers" because they beat the raiders, and the broncos won again meaning that the raiders are in 2nd in the division....consider this: the dolphins collapse at the start of the Tim
Tebow phenomena had more of a bearing on this.