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The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:42 am

OPENING HIT: No, this will not be surprising. Not at all. The Miami Dolphins are 0-3 and this is the type of thing that happens to a winless team. The complaints roll in. It’s inevitable.

That’s what’s happening now. One player on the Dolphins describes a quickly deteriorating locker room in which finger pointing has begun in earnest. Much of the blame, the player says, is being pinned on coach Tony Sparano, despite public proclamations from Karlos Dansby on Friday the players are behind Sparano.

The overall sentiment in the locker room, I’m told, is that players are beginning to doubt that Sparano can solve the team's issues. “The problem,” the player told me, “is that he doesn't have answers.”

Now, again, I don’t want to overstate or dramatize things. This isn’t how every player in that locker room feels and to be sure the players need to take responsibility for the 0-3 start as well. In the mind of some players they are never at fault. It’s always someone else.

But I have to agree with something the Dolphins player told me. The talent on Miami is not 0-3 talent. The numerous breakdowns and mistakes are as a result of coaching.

I also get the feeling players might quickly turn on Sparano. Will Sparano get fired? I'm told, for now, he will not. Yet it seems only a matter of time.

Peyton Manning: It remains highly improbable Peyton Manning will return this year. The reason why is what's happening with his Colts team on the field. The Colts are going to be horrible this season -- they're 0-3 now. If and when Manning is capable of returning later, say middle of the season, the Colts may be too far gone for even Manning to do any good. Neither Manning or the Colts will want to risk further injury at that point.

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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:47 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

The coaching is the problem, the offensive coordinator was the worse last year. The team still uses Marshall as the second option. His numbers should be just like Calvin Johnson. We needed to spend money on Moss to stretch the field, Heartline should be your fourth option. Since we didn't keep Ricky or Ronnie, why not give LJ some touches along w/ Thomas and Bush. I almost forgot we have Bush, we haven't found ways to get him the ball in open space  Loosing to the Browns was horrible. We couldn't get 10 yards to get into field goal posiition ;-( need new OC. We didn't go after VY or Pryor to exploit the abilities of Bush. We are waisting talent ;-(

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:32 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

I'm not sure what the question is all about.

Miami is clearly the weakest team in their division. They might have been "ranked" above the Bills, but nothing else is out of place here.

Who had Miami pegged to be better than the Pats, Texans, Browns, or Chargers?... Besides Dolphin fans.

3 are no brainers, and the Browns at least found their QB and a RB in Hillis to build around.

So really, at best, who had the Dolphins better than 1-3 past the quarter pole?

I think when you begin the year against Brady and the Pats you can really lose confidence. Then you lose to another playoff bound team in Houston and start to feel like the season is lost before it started. The Browns should have lost considering Hillis was out and that they are really no better than the Dolphins man-for-man, but away games aren't easy when somewhat evenly matched, and losing by 1 is no blow out.

If the Dolphins are leaking out locker room info regarding Sporano being incompetant, maybe there's a reason to can him. And maybe there's also a reason to get rid of some personalities who would do that in 3 games. (Respect to Dansby for trying to prevent that here) But I wouldn't look at their record and be shocked by 0-4 after this week against SD. No way I would hold that against them. I would just say that's a lousy schedule to try to get on a roll.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:25 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

Amen. Anything else would be overstatement. I'm just sick with frustration.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:52 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

Pointless story. You lose there will be bickering and complaining. If they start winning the team will be behind Sparano. Don't get me wrong I'm not a Sparano fan but I'm sure its not the coaches fault players are missing assignments, breakdowns and mistakes are not the coaches fault, its the players fault. If the players put a 1/2 a## effort forth that is the result they should expect.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:06 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

Sparano should have been out the door as head coach after last season.  They got rid of their 1950s style offensive coordinator (Henning), and showed flashes of an exciting offense in the first game, only to have the person who actually calls the plays (Sparano) go back to the same old crap in the next two games.

Sure, the players bear some responsibility for the 0-3 start, but how much of that goes into the training camp?  They looked horribly out of shape on defense against New England, and the offense looked tired against Cleveland.  Sparano wanted to run between the tackles, but Reggie Bush is not that type of back.  Why aren't we calling more screens or plays that highlight the strengths of the players on the field?  Brandon Marshall is still a top receiver, but we don't get him involved more, nor do we create other plays designed to soften up the coverage on him in order to get him the ball.

Sparano needs to go, and the new coach needs to overhaul the whole mentality that has set in.  It's obvious that the players don't buy into what he is doing as the head coach, and the OFFENSIVE playcalling points right at the head coach.  Henne looked pretty good the first two games, not so much against Cleveland.  I think the reigned in playcalling might have a little to do with that.  Sparano is not a coach who can develop a young QB and instill the confidence in a team that needs to be fostered.  The Kyle Orton b.s. should be proof enough of that.


Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:37 pm

Sporano does not give this team the chance to Win

Sure the players have to start playing better, but they need to play tough.  It's just getting so damned tiring watching all of these other NFL teams win games by being tough when it matters.
The Phins season ended when they did not try to smash mouth the ball in from the 6 inch line on 4th down against New England.  A tough team goes for that on the ground.  What kind of message are you sending to your team when you call a corner fade to your 3rd wideout.  They have 3 1st round picks on their offensive line, and a 6'5" reciever making $7M per year.  On top of that, they have a talented young QB that could use a confidence boost.

Put them in a position to win Coach!  You did the same thing the very next week when you conceded the game by not going for it on 4th down with 7 minutes left against the Texans.  Yes, it was not a good position.  Yes, the odds were against you.  But you were down 2 scores late in the game against a team that was going to run the clock out on you.  To pretend to go for it and call a timeout and punt is so weak.  YOU HAD TO GO FOR IT! 

This team needs to show some moxie and toughness.  They aren't beating up anybody but their own players and fans

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:27 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

....and I got a "100" score on that comment to San

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:24 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

Oops, disregard the extra posts about San Diego.  Somehow I went straight from the ESPN blog I copied this to on a San Diego story, and my comp. popped up with this, thought I was still on the ESPN blog.  Since I cut and pasted....oh hell, I'm starting to confuse  Hey I was starting to thank San Diego so much, I had to cut and paste, so I could thank them in person....damn, hope this post clears things up.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:18 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

You're right about that, and he went to Miami wanting to run between the tackles.  That's not his MO, but if he's used right, he is a good player.  That being said, Sproles is channeling the "Bush" we wanted.  He's better than Bush, by a bit, if these first three games are an indication.  If Bush played like this every game, the Saints would have honored that contract, and he still be on the team (or they would have worked something good out)  Remember, I'ved watched Bush for a few now, and Sproles has, way more, impressed.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:10 am

The Daily Shoutout: Dolphins turmoil

I have to agree that the Dolphin´s main problems are the Coach´s fault primarily by the way Reggie Bush is being used. If you look at the perfomance of other players like Bush around the League, you see Sproles in New Orleans, Ladanian in New York, and others, screens are being set up for them to take advantage of their breakaway speed and athletism, they are being used sometimes as slot receivers and they actually run plays for Miami on the other hand, they are using Bush to run between the tackles....common Sparano!!! On Sunday, he Punt Returner gave the Dolphins excellent Field position to try to get a few yards with a timeout left to get in position to kick a Field goal that would have probably given the Dolphins a Win and on the road, but they ran 3 pass plays to the sidelines and Bush was not even on the field. A scrren pass to Bush or a pass to any of Miami Receivers to the middle of the field would have gotten much better results.....Sparano and the Dolphins have the talent, but the Coach does not know how to use it up to this point!

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