Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pulling Out The Lynchpin - or - The Bills Are Coming, The Bills Are Coming! Updated 10/2/09 @ 2pmEST


So, the Bills, our biggest AFC East rivals of the 1990s, will be sliding into homeplate....oh, scratch that...the infield should be AWOL from Landshark Stadium for Sunday's game.

This will be a heart-warming reunion between Bill Parcells and one of his favorite all-time players, Terrell Owens.  It will also be the first game of 2009 for Bills' running back, Marshawn Lynch (photo on right).

The talking heads are saying 'WATCH OUT' for Lynch as he's coming in with fresh legs.  I look at it a different way.  While the Dolphins D has been stout versus the run, and is at week 4 stride-wise, the troubled Bills' back will come in in week 1 shape and speed.  I'm not really worried about Lynch, to be honest.  He has not really been successful against the Dolphins, and I doubt he'll be given the full load in his first appearance anyway.  Not to mention his replacement, Fred Jackson, has been pretty spectacular in Lynch's absence.

The most notable thing about this game is the injury list.  It will play a major factor because our former backup QB will get his first start against the Bills backup secondary.  Don't think the Dolphins won't be playing that card.  Here's a look at the injuries with my speculation on whetehr they'll play or not:

Miami    - Joey Porter (hamstring/questionable),  Chad Pennington (shoulder/injured reserve)
Buffalo  - Donte Whitner (thumb/out), Bryan Scott (ankle/out), Leodis McKelvin (fibula/out), Paul Posluzny (forearm/out), Kyle Williams (groin/questionable), Demetrius Bell (groin/out), John McCargo, (calf/out), Shawn Nelson (shoulder/probable).

The Bills are severely at a disadvantage number wise.  Three starters in the secondary are out - Whitner, Scott and McKelvin.  Rookie safety, Jairus Byrd, may have to play every snap on defense.  With Williams and McCargo possibly both out,(update: MacCargo is out) the Bills' defensive line could also be very porous, especially in the middle. update - due to the shortage of bodies, former Oklahoma safety, Nic Harris, who was converted to LB before the draft, has been practicing at his old safety position.  Harris has struggled so far in his rookie campaign.


The Dolphins meanwhile, are relatively injury free, unless you count broken spirits as an injury.  Nothing heals that injury faster than winning.  And nothing makes that injury overcome the entire mind, body and soul, like continuing to lose.  We've already been through that in 2007.  If the Dolphins go through that again, they could be broken for a LONG time.  

This is a MUST win game.

Here is how we do it:

  1. Forget immediately that it is Chad Henne's first start.  You must not gameplan 'NOT TO LOSE'.  You must gameplan TO WIN.  How do teams win over and over again?  By running the football down the opponents throats, running down the clock at the same time, keeping the defense fresh and not turning the ball over.  The young, inexperienced Bills defense chock full of reserves will react slower to the Wildcat, and be attempting to throw the kitchen sink at the new Dolphins QB.  This should leave receivers wide open in the middle of the field.  This is Fasano's time to make up for a so far abysmal season.  I know Henne's favorite target are the quicker wide receivers, but I expect the tight-end to be open for business (that sounded wrong, I know).
  2. Do not force the big play.  When teams force the big play, turnovers happen more often than not.  There is a formula in football that sounds very boring, bland, and obvious, but for over a hundred years, it has worked more times than not.  Run....Run....Pass.  This doesn't need to be so literal as to say we run the ball out of the 'I' twice to get to third and short then pass for the first down, although that has worked nicely for us in the past.  There can be big plays as well.  But it's the meat and potatoes stuff that should be forced, not the dessert.  Control the clock, keep control of the ball, then stun them when they're lulled into thinking you're going to run the ball, with a nice play-action bomb or a flea-flicker, for example.
  3. Defensively we need to cover better.  We need more speed on the field.  I'm not going to get into chiding the coaching staff for not playing Jason Allen, as that seems like pushing the elevator button over and over again.  So I will say this - WHOMEVER is playing in the defensive backfield should be FASTER and have better BALL SKILLS in this game.  The Bills have a bent/almost broken offensive line, so Trent Edwards is going to try to get the ball out faster, and that means we can't have cornerbacks giving a ten yard cushion to the receivers.  They need to be pressed.  This has been another pain in the arse this season stemming form Pasqualoni.  We drafted two of the best (if not the two best) press corners in the draft, and yet we continue to play pu**y-ball on the outside.  There's only one way to truly stop a wide receiver in this league, and that is to stick him at the line of scrimmage.  The same goes with the tight-ends.  For some reason we are not jarring the receivers, and obviously, it's allowing them to get wide open and turned around waiting for the ball.  We need to do this.  We will not even distract T.O. if we do not try to disrupt his routes.  There's few better route runners in the NFL.
I think we all have to believe that this week we finally get some adjustments from the coaching staff.  I'm not worried about the red zone stuff as much as Sparano is obsessed by it.  If we control the clock, and get the ball back on defense, there's no reason why we can't get 15 points out of our kicker alone.  Eventually 35 to 40 running plays will result in a few big plays, including touchdowns.  Eventually Ginn's defender will slip up and Henne will find him downfield for 35+ yards, maybe a touchdown.  These things will come.  We need to not force them or focus on them to the point where we forget to block, tackle, hold on to the ball, etc.  Let's get the fundamentals down first, Dolphins.  Let's get that first all-around good effort from the team, where all three units can walk off the field at the end of the day knowing they did their job.  If we do that, we win.

112 comments:

  1. "<span style=""><span style=""> Let's get that first all-around good effort from the team, where all three units can walk off the field at the end of the day knowing they did their job.  If we do that, we win. </span></span>

    This statement says it all.  If we had done this in the first 3 games we would be at 3 - 0.  Miami has pounded on every team we have played this year, and have nothing to show for it except losses.  We have beat ourselves.  One mistake after another has us in this spot.  It is not the schedule it is our own self distruction.

    Except for three areas of this team, Safeties, Linebackers, and Recievers.  We are much stronger then in the past.  We're getting there one step at a time.  We have to remember this was the worst team in the NFL 2 short years ago, and rebuilding from ground Zero takes some time.  I try to remind myself of this all the time although it isn't of much use for me to do so.  As you all know.

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  2. Oh by the way Tim I love the Photo, looks just like him. :)

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  3. good read tin, and i was wondering if you know if the game will be on in tampa or not LMAO


    fang,  it is tin, not tim.

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  4. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Nice picture of Marshawn Lynch... err the Predator. LOL

    Good preview Tin. I think what we all want to see in this game is some urgency, not panic, but guys flying around and willing themselves to win this game. What we fans all need is to see some big plays and a good performance from Henne so we have some hope for the future. The worst thing that could happen is a stinker performance from Henne. I'm not sure I could go online the next day to read about it if that happens.

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  5. Danke.

    Yes I didn't know which Lynch photo to use...there was one of him in full body armor yielding a couple of lazer guns....what THIS guy gets up to in his spare time....

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  6. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    The Predator is cool though. If I could be an alien I'd want to be that badass. I love that noise he/it makes. LOL

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  7. My wife makes the same noise when I walk in the front door.....hey-o!!!

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  8. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Can you see her or is she sitting on the chandelier in camouflage waiting to pounce on you?

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  9. Chandelier....lol...you guys really do think I'm so posh don't you?

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  10. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Well you are in California.

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  11. Yea they shouldn't put the N next to the M on the key board that's not my fault. :-[

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  12. knight,

    honestly, if we win or not, if henne doesnt go 34/37 throw for 575 yards and 7 td's no int, you know the trolls are going to be all over him come monday.  heck even with those stats they will biach about him missing on 3 passes

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  13. Tin, is that the Lynch "after" pick sent from Herd's clinic? :-D

    Good preview, as always.

    Firstly, I am a fan. I love this team and have since I first saw them in the early 80s. I am, however, also a realist. To say this is a must win game is a little unrealistic imho. Must win for what? Last year, we won the division with an 11-5 record and the Pats missed out on a play-off place with an 11-5 record. If we make the play-offs with an 11-5 record again this year, we have to go 11-2 in our remaining games. If you say 12-4 makes the play-offs and maybe 11-5 doesn't, then we need to go 12-1 from now. I concede that if we win 11 or 12, we are going to come out with a good divisional record and right now, winning our division is probably our only way to the play-offs, but with the Jets at 3-0, we probably have to beat them twice to have any chance at winning the division, not to mention the Pats. I'm sorry - like I say, I will never stop supporting this team, but does anyone really believe we can go 11-2 or 12-1 this year? We did it last year with an experienced "comeback player of the year" QB who hardly threw a pick, no injuries, the joint best ever giveaway/takeaway ratio and the wildcat being a suprise (oh and a weak SOS). This year, our confidence must be lower than the media would have us believe after an 0-3 start, we are making too many mistakes and our SOS is gruelling. I'm not saying it can't be done, but even looking at the world through the most aqua-tinted glasses, it's one of the longest of long-shots I can think of. Of course we have to try to win and winning breeds success, but (and I hope I get to eat these words, because nothing will be sweeter) we aren't going to the play-offs this year. The good thing about that is that hopefully, we get to see all our young players on the field and get some good intel on who we keep and who we need to replace once this season (the 2nd in a 3+ year plan) is done. Just one man's opinion and I'm not a hater or trying to pour cold water on anything.

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  14. Aw, man, does that mean the game is going to be 7 hours long?

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  15. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    uk, I think a team in the AFC could make the playoffs at 9-7 this year. Last year's stalwarts the Steelers are 1-2 and the Titans are 0-3. There is no real dominant team that I've seen this year. I think as the season goes on a lot of the AFC teams will beat each other and make the playoff scenario unclear.

    No one would have guessed we would go 9-1 down the stretch including winning our last 5 last year. I'm not saying we'll do that again but it did happen just last year.  :)

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  16. i really wouldnt worry about the playoffs till we win at least 1 game

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  17. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    I'm not worried about the playoffs I'm just saying.

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  18. Knight, early days yet, but the Colts and the Ravens are looking good - the latter being the team to beat this year imho. The Jets have a swagger already (still early days too), but we don't. I concede everything is possible, but will we be one of the 6 best teams in the AFC in January? Heck, we weren't last year but we made it in. Last season we were caught up in a perfect storm and sat at the eye of it and came through unscathed (til we hit the Ravens). I don't see lightning strike twice. Like I say, I hope I eat these words with a side of humble pie.

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  19. Suggested play-off teams for AFC - Pats, Jets, Ravens, Steelers, Colts, whoever wins the West (who cares?)

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  20. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    I don't think the Pats, Jets or Steelers are locks. The Pats are not as good as the pundits told you they were all offseason. The Jets were 8-3 last year and finished 9-7 and this year they have a rookie QB. The Steelers OL stinks and their running game is struggling because of it. Will Big Ben survive the season?

    With all this Sanchez hype let's look at it realistically. He's 49-83 606 yards 59.0 comp. pct. 4 TD 2 INT in 3 games. He's doing well for a rookie but he's going to have to do more later in the season. Can he?

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  21. I'm not saying those teams are locks, but Brady, Manning and Big Ben are going to win a lot of games for their respective franchises (look how Manning picked our pockets) and, bizarrely, I think the Jets D is their strength from what I have seen so far (they are playing Buddy-ball ..... that doesn't mean they are all fat walrusses with whiskers - lol). I agree the Steelers aren't on top of their game, but they usually get better. There's still a lot of football left to play, but the cream usually rises to the top and that's who I see in contention for post-season action.

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  22. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    uk, I think the Colts will make the playoffs but it's still early for them as well.

    I saw Omar's tweet on the SS about Soliai's family members who died. Very very sad.

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  23. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    uk, another thing about fast starts. In 1995 the Dolphins started out 7-1 and finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. That's why they play 16 games. Our division has to still play a lot of games against each other and the AFC teams are going to play each other so they can't all win a lot of games. I just see it being a little more murky this year with a handful of teams fighting for a spot with 3 games to go. That's why I said 9-7 might get a team in this year. Even the Bengals look decent this year.

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  24. The Bengals beat 2 good teams. I still agree - everything is possible - all I'm saying is that based on what I've seen so far, I don't see us being able to do what we need to. If we win 2 on the bounce, our demeanour and the way we play changes and we start believing, we could still do it. I just don't see that yet. I see a team that found a way to win last year and is finding ways to lose this year. Momentum is everything in this game and this league. It can still change. We need a spark - no doubt about that, but if we do start firing on all cylinders, we then need consistency. At the minute, we have problems with play-calling, staying with the run, settling in a new QB, giving up big plays on D, a soft middle etc etc (not all in the same game btw). If it was one problem, then yes, I might think it could be fixable and we could pull off a miracle. I don't see us fixing all those at once. Maybe beating Buffalo could bring back the swagger like the WC victory @ New England last year, but without it, this ship is taking in too much water.

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  25. The Knight who says Ni!October 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    uk, I agree with everything you said. it has to be done on the field. We've been competitive in every game. We haven't looked overmatched. Our problem has been shooting ourselves in the foot and in crunch time we're not making the big plays to win the game on offense, defense or special teams. That can change and if it does we can win some games and at least get back into this thing even if that means 2-4.

    The spark we're looking for might have to come from Henne and even White. I know Tin just fell out of his chair. But I believe White is going to play this year. He might only get 5-8 snaps per game but he has big play ability with his legs and his passing is a threat.

    We need everyone to step up and play a big game this week and get rid of the losing stench. That's a start. Keep it going from there.

    Tin, I wanted to ask you if you know where to find a breakdown of the amount of scoring drives Henne has been responsible for counting the preseason both last year and this year. I'm trying to get a gauge on his performance for putting points on the board. We all know in his limited playing time he has lead the team to a decent amount of scoring drives. Just wondering.

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  26. UK you're treading on thin water here, when you talk about this stuff.  It doesn't win friends or influence people here.  Take it from me this talk is not what people want to hear.  Don't get labled as negitive, and with that I will zip lock my hands behind my back and type no more on this subject.

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  27. Knight, I don't know for sure but Dan Henning actually said today in his
    press briefing that Henne scored on 50% of every drive he's had including
    preseason and last year and that if he held those numbers he would be in the
    Hall of Fame one day.

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  28. I agree. Pound the ball, set up the play action.  Take some quick hits down the feild. We should be able to win this one.  My freinds 6 year old came up to me yesterday and patted me on the knee and told me he's sorry the Dolphins haven't one yet. HE'S FREAKING 6! then he told me it's ok that they are going to win the next six games.  I asked him why he thought so and he said with a big smile "Because I'm 6".  What ever.  If his prediction comes true all of us will be exstatic. We would be on top or near the top of the devision.

    On another subject. I was watching NFL network last night and they were playing the best 4th quarters ever.  It was the Dolphins Bills game in Chis Chambers rookie year. Feidler was the QB.  Man I forgot how good they looked that year. Feidler wasn't that bad.  Also there was a young guy running down tackles on Special Teams.  It made me laugh.  Good ol' #99.  Sometimes you forget that "stars" were just young guys trying to make their way on a team.  Hopefully some of the young guys we have now turn out to be future J.T.'s!!!

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  29. "I asked him why he thought so and he said with a big smile "Because I'm
    6". What ever. "
    What a snarky bastard you are, lol. I bet you mocked him when he said it
    too!
    "oh, look at me, I'm six years old and I know everything!"

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  30. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    I'm going with the 6 year old. Yeah that's the ticket. 6 straight equals awesome!

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  31. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    Cool, that seems to be about right.

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  32. I wasn't being snarky.  That what ever was meant as a what ever. I'll take it! I didn't mock him. He was so ernest and sincere in his statement that he was sorry I was upset the dolphins had lost. It was quite cute.  His dad is a Dallas fan so I know he didn't hear it from him.  You heard it here first! Little Mark Giglio says we go on a winning streak!!

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  33. Rockphin:
    I wish you friends kid was 13! 8-)

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  34. and as to being a bastard, well if you mean personality wise, maybe. LOL but I know who my father is and have his last name even though the prick wasn't around while I was growing up. Ha ha.

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  35. What if he was "10" would that be better also? LOL

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  36. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Let's start with a win against the Bills. We should win this game. If we don't then it's really going to get ugly.

    Watching the NFL shows, everyone has the Jets just cruising through us. Everyone agrees that the Jets will probably be 6-1 or 5-2 at worst. That means beating us like we're not even there. Then we play them again a couple of weeks later. We have to win at least one of them.

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  37. I'm just saying if looking for a winning streak, think big!  Why stop at 6?  I'm thinking you may be referring to something else. ;)  

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  38. LOL, my 3 year old just goes to me, "Dada, are you finished?" because he
    wants to watch a cartoon instead of the game. He has started to join in the
    cheering, but he's got no interest in the game, just in the making noise
    aspect.

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  39. Yeah, I tend to speak British, and 'bastard' is the 'holstered' word. I
    could've called you a c-word, but I know that really doesn't go over in the
    US! I didn't even think of the actual definition of the word, just thought
    it was funny your response to the 6 year old was 'whatever!'. :)

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  40. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    How did this end up being about inches?  *DONT_KNOW*

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  41. it all starts with a win sunday.

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  42. If he was 10 and said they'd win the next 6, and you asked him why and he
    said 'because I'm 6' then that would have been hilarious because you could
    make a joke about him being spawned by a Cowboys fan...

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  43. Those are going to be two tough games.  I am really worried about those blitz packages with Henne back there.  Henne will have to be on the same line of the same page as his receivers to beat those blitzes.

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  44. I thought is was a reference to Danny boy's # 13 and I replied would your boy Pennington's Number 10 suffice. Now I understand what you were saying. If he was 13 then he would predict a 13 game streak.  But if he was 13 he would probably realize that it is improbable.  LOL

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  45. I could have replied to him "Bollox!" that would have fit right? I think that word pretty much fits for everything good or bad. "the dog's bollox" or Bollox to that!

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  46. it's BOLLOCKS! lol

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  47. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    One way to slow the Jets blitzing down is to run right at them. Then start sneaking in some traps and draws. Then start using play-action passing. You have to make a blitzing team think. If you don't they'll just pin back their ears and come after you all day long.

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  48. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    Tin, have you taught your son the Jets suck yet? LOL

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  49. LOL I've never seen it written.  My scott freind says it ever other bollocking word!

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  50. No, we don't use that kind of language in front of him.

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  51. another way is being able to throw screens, something the fins just cant seem to be able to do

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  52. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    Jets or suck? LOL

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  53. I think we are going to see a good share of that pinning their ears back regardless.  The fat bastard of a coach is an arrogant jerk.  I think he will just keep trying even if we burn them on some plays.

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  54. Fang - I'm not being negative, I'm being realistic. Like I said, I hope I'm wrong. I also hope that a win against Buffalo is the spark that causes us to win out. Right now, I don't see that. I'm sorry if that conflicts with your opinion or hopes - it's just one man's opinion. If that causes me to "lose friends" or not influence people, I'll have to live with that. I have been behind this team for over 35 years and will until the day I die. I will never stop supporting them and will do so through thick and thin, as I always have. That doesn't mean to say I don't see good things coming from this season as of now. And for what it's worth, I think the team is better than last year (except the QB slot is up in the air with Chad Jr now starting and having to settle in).

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  55. That's a mystery to me.  With Ronnie, Ricky and Cobbs in the back feild we can't get the sceen to work. WTF?

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  56. we should be taking one to the house every game off the screen!

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  57. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    We have to start getting the ball to Ronnie on some pass routes. Not just screens but different types of routes. He's an excellent receiver and he can do damage in open space.

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  58. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    LOL, that's what I thought.

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  59. The reason the screen doesn't work is because you need a QB with ice running
    through his veins. Someone who is willing to wait for it to be set up. No
    offense to Pennington but he always dumps the ball off to early. You have
    to give the Tackle long enough to bump the rusher, then get to the second
    level. Also our WRs generally can't block, and we almost always run the
    screen to the left, despite our best pulling guard being Smiley, who pulls
    to the right. It's not rocket science, it's execution, and it starts with
    an offensive coordinator setting the plays up. The RB screen is a perfect
    example of the staff not knowing how to use the players.

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  60. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Oh yeah that's their style but you have to hit them in the mouth and make them less effective. If you play to their strengths then you're in trouble.

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  61. The great throw and catch from Henne to Ronnie vs San Diego was the Dolphins
    biggest play from scrimmage this year.

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  62. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Right, a screen is a trap play. You let them in and then go over them. Screens should work against the Jets because they bring 5 just about every time.

    But we have the Bills this week. Let's just beat this team and get that first win.

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  63. lol, i think before my son could say dada or mama, he was able to tell my mom that 'the bucs suck'

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  64. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    I know. In his career Ronnie has had plenty of 20, 30 and 40 yard gains catching the ball out of the backfield.

    We have 1 friggin TD pass in 3 games, to Ricky Williams. Well actually we've only scored 4 TDs in 3 games. Ronnie and Ricky with 2 a piece. Yay!!!

    I'm hoping Henne can throw at least 2 TDs this week.

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  65. I'm just hoping someone/anyone will catch at least 2.  It takes 2 people to complete a pass.

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  66. If we are playing fantasy age/win-streaks, let's make him 16 and we win the SB. I don't like the jersey number connections with 16 though ...... I still have nightmares about that SB to this day. How could Marino do those ads with Montana looking as smug as hell afterwards too? Aaaaaaaaaaaarrggghhh.

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  67. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Well when that's all he hears everyday even during the offseason what do you expect. LOL

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  68. Tin you have a very good point. Why throw the screen to the left when we all know Teddy isn't phisical and can't block and Smiley pulls to the right?  I have had faith in the coaches to this point, but some things do seem like no brainers.

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  69. Strictly speaking "a load of bolloocks" ;)

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  70. Oops .... "a load of bolloocks" = "a load of bollocks" (in more ways than one)

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  71. Also, it seems like big Jake is too tenative with his bump and run out of the screen.  He doesn't get out in front fast enough. It's like he's waiting to see if the guy he bumps is going to get a sack before he starts running out to block for the running back. (well I only noticed it on one play, but I have a hard time watching line play)

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  72. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    I was going to say how did you see that with Jake when we don't run screens to the backs. LOL

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  73. "It takes 2 people to complete a pass."
    And to transfer herpes...

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  74. Speaking of Fantasy, in my FFL matchup this week, my opponent has FOUR
    active Bills players. So the result on Sunday is either going to be a
    double whammy or a double pleasure!

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  75. The only thing I can figure is that they're trying to throw the screen to
    the weakside, to eliminate one defender, plus the pass rusher. Still, it
    doesn't matter if you only have 2 or 3 defenders on that side if they can
    all get through unblocked to make the tackle.

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  76. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Who's who?

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  77. That's a valid comment, though at times last year he was very good at getting to the 2nd level, and he absolutely excelled at it at Michigan.  It was probably his best quality.

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  78. Ewww, was that really necessary?

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  79. Necessary - NO
    Funny - YES

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  80. We NEED PlaymakersOctober 2, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    <span style="">"By running the football down the opponents throats, running down the clock at the same time, keeping the defense fresh and not turning the ball over. "</span>

    <span style="">I agree that this is usually the formula for winning.  It is still odd to me that we did this against the Colts & still lost.  Perhaps we found a new way to lose!!!</span>

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  81. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Just as we thought. Confirmation. Affirmative.

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  82. Home SuperBowl 2010October 2, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Prior to your picture

    Always thought Channing Crowder looked just like the predator
    Crowder has that round sloped forehead and thin rhasta dreads
    This combined with his far away eyes and butt ugly look makes him the predator clone

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  83. We NEED PlaymakersOctober 2, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Did anyone see the picture of the fan on the PB Post with a paper bag over his head that says "0-16, Draft Tebow???"  Now if that is not truly emblematic of the idiocy that is associated with this fan base then I don't know what is.  In retrospect I realize that Wannstadt was the living embodiment of all the cissy & fair weather fans that panic & crumble under pressure. 

    Interestingly enough if someone really thinks Tebow will be the answer to what ails this team, they need to start watching our defense play.

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  84. UK I understand where you're coming from, and I'm not questioning your loyalty not one bit.  I have taken your approch myself of being realistic and like you I found myself defending what to me is obvious.  I hate to see you get beat up about a realistic observation, to me you are not being negitive.

    It's a long season for sure but Miami has certainly dug themselves a huge hole.  No team can win the SB in the month of September, but they most certainly can take themselves out ot the running for it with an 0 - 3 start as you pointed out.

    I think the  0 - 3 start is good for the team in the long run, a dose of reality is what the team needs, the fact is as you pointed out this team is much better than 2 years ago.  A start like this forces the team to use the players they drafted for the future and that's where the team needs to go.

    Now we are going to learn something about Henne this year,  Oh and if you don't know about Tyler Thigpen this is the guy that can run the wildcat.  He makes Pat White expendable and that has to make Tin Shaker very happy :)

    So you didn't offend me, I was trying to protect you with a little advice that's all.

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  85. I don't get the paper bag thing, what happens if it rains?

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  86. We NEED PlaymakersOctober 2, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    If they're that distraught over a football team IMO they might as well make it plastic!!! 

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  87. LOL, so right after Henne threw that pick 6 they would suddenly inhale and
    asphyxiate themselves...

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  88. Ok Fang - that's cool.
    I never have and never will believe that short-cuts work. Sure, you occassionally get lucky, but in the long run, if something's worth it, it's worth working for and the harder you work for something the more you appreciate it in life as well as sports. The epitome of this is what Cowher built in Pitt. Lots of owners would have bailed on the jaw-jutting coach, but Rooney stuck with him and look what he built. I'm not saying it has to take 10 years to build a SB team, but for fans to expect it in 2 years, from a 1-15 base, is just plain delusional. The problem is that Sparano raised the bar a long way last year and with another good draft, it is natural for fans to want to reach to the next step. I see a lot of good things with this team. Our O line looks much better already - we have a power running attack and we have stopped the run consistently. ST coverage also looks better this year, but still lacking the big return threat. Giving up big plays has been a problem, as has scoring in the red zone and our passing attack seems to have gone backwards somewhat. Sometimes, it's necessary to go backwards before you can go forwards again though.
    I'm worried about Sparano and his not-stop sighing and how this transfers to the team. I don't like that we seem to be playing a little tight when he wants us to be loose. I also don't think we have the same belief that we could get it done that we had last year. Like I said to Knight, I hope Henne and a win will be the spark that sets us alight again this year. If we can get some momentum there IS still a chance. But there are a lot of ifs.
    I saw some of Pigpen last year and I can just imagine if Henne has an unconvincing start that all the retard armchair GMs will be creating a QB controversy and calling for Yancy (what sort of a name is that btw?) to start.
    I believe in patience. Put the bricks in place one by one and eventually you will have a construction that will be dependable and won't let you down.
    I also agree with your point - let's see some more of the stars of tomorrow before season end. Maybe not this week, but I think their time will come. Let's road test the talent to see what we have. Also, I agree with the SB not being won in September. How many times have we come out of the traps like a greyhound and swooned in December? One thing about last year is we got stronger as the year went on. If we do that again, I'll be a happy camper.
    Anyway, it's coming up to 6pm now, which by my reckoning on a Friday is beer time. Have a great weekend all and roll on Sunday night. Now who was it that said ...... "I'll be back" ;)

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  89. Tin - was that picture of an Atlanta fan? If so, he'll be unlucky to get wet in his seat if it rains? But I get your point!
    Also, Henne has thrown his 1 and only pick-6 for this season. He says hopefully?
    Have a good weekend all and see you on Sunday night - same time (nearly) same place.

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  90. Yes my photo was an Atlanta fan, but I was referring to the Dolphins fans
    who show up with bags on their heads.

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  91. please leave my dates out of this discussion

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  92. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    LOL, I'm glad I decided against my reply.

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  93. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    "Did anyone see the picture of the fan on the PB Post with a paper bag over his head that says "0-16, Draft Tebow??"

    He has to be one of the idiots on the SS blog. 

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  94. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    I didn't see anyone mention goats.

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  95. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    ffr's last date.

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  96. aint no way possible i would do doubt.........................she is in a wedding veil LAMO

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  97. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    She was trying to give you clues. LOL

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  98. hey guys dolphins win sun!!!!!!!! Ronnie player of game :)

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  99. The Knight who says Ni!October 2, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Agreed!

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  100. FFR AMEN,fricken KOOOKS!!

    I've heard it said that,
    Unless CH produces miracles THIS WEEK he's a bust,
    OHHH,but PWs the shit if he gets his accuracy down,someday in the future,LOL!!!

    TG should be cut cuz he's not a #1,LOL,
    2's and 3's are also a TEAM requirement!!!

    IFFFFF we were to cut TG(ain't gonna happen),
    31 teams would put in a waiver claim for him,
    therefore he's useless to us cuz he's not yet(possibly never will be a #1),LOL!!!

    Tin,I STRONGLY agree,KNOCK the WRs on their ass b/4 they cross the LOS,
    been saying that to myself all yr!!
    IF you have to, play'em as though their the gunner on returns,
    w'two gyz forming an unpassable barrier..
    (I KNOW that's not feesible),but DAMMITT do whatever it takes to upset the timing!!

    RUN RONNIE RUN,keep Lindell off the field for all but the opening kickoff,GO FINS!!

    SAINTS,and Ravens WIN,TWO FIN W's @home,and we're a game outta 1st,(whole new season) !!!

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  101. LOL on Tins wife/hey-o/chandelier,LMAO!!
    It's true though,there are few ceiling fans in CA,and lots of chandeliers/high ceilings,but not in Sacto(LOL)!!!
    Now that I'm back in Fl,I alway's accidently stick my hand in the ceiling fan when changing shirts,
    forgetting it's there...

    GURGLE,GURGLE, WHAT THE F ARE YOU??

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  102. We NEED PlaymakersOctober 3, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Can anyone tell me how the Sun can possibly justify Mike writing blog topics???  OMG.......They're completely irrelevant & idiotic.   F#cking elevators???  How about the fact that we need to win a damn game this season!!!

    BTW--Congrats Fins on your recent nuptials!!!  At least now you won't have to worry about not having any milk around the house.

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  103. We NEED PlaymakersOctober 3, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    I hate the f#cking Bills.

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  104. I agree w'Knights AFC thoughts,it's wide open!! ANYONE can beat anyone!!

    I think the dominate teams are now residing in the NFC,
    and unfortunately for us,I believe their about to put a string of SB W's together!!

    Conference dominance has always swung one way or another,
    sometimes for several yrs @ a time,and the NFC appears to have the rapidly surging dominate teams!!
    (Minn,GB,Phi,Dall,NO,ATL,SF)!! Az??

    We need to become an NFC bust'ya in the mouth type team,
    or re-invent the NFL wheel, QUICKLY!!

    G  O  A  H  H  H  H  H  H       M  I  A  M  I      D  O  L  P  H  I  N  S   !!!!    B E A T the bills !!!

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  105. The Knight who says Ni!October 3, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    13kvFINS, I wouldn't put Dallas in there. I don't see them being a a big factor in the NFC. They seem to be missing something and their two good RBs Barber and Jones get banged up a lot.

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  106. KNIGHT; I agree after watching them(BYZ) this past week!!
    Guess I shoulda put them next to AZ w'the question mark..

    Those other NFC teams are very strong though,
    and vs us(@this moment) would probably get ugly!!

    We get the Saints this yr,and several of the others next yr,
    YIKES as of today,MAYBE NOT after Mon Nght
    (which scares me,unless we play more flawlessly that the opponent)!!

    Hope we're @least as as rough on Sanchez as they'll be on HENNE!!
    Feel HENNE's�arm strength will help,(in comparison to vs the Ravens 08),
    just hope the majority�of our passing game-plan is designed for quick releases from Henne
    so he doesn't have to make desperate decisions under duress!!

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