Grading the Dolphins: Position-by-pos...

Grading the Dolphins: Position-by-position

There are 11 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 16, 2006, titled Grading the Dolphins: Position-by-position. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

RUN OFFENSE: B- Ronnie Brown had five more first-quarter rushing yards against the Jets than he did in all of a 20-10 loss to New England in the Dolphins' previous game.

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Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Oct 16, 2006
This just in Dolphins "SUCK". When are we going to get this team together? At least we should have a top 5 draft pick this year, unless we trade it away for another washed up QB. Oh and Mularky is terrible!!!
Don Clayton

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Oct 16, 2006
this team lacks "good players", especially on offence. And, the offensive coordinator is terrible...very offensive. There is no understandable goal for building the team, thus you have a patchwork quilt of players that don't resemble a team. This is what happens when the head coach makes all the decisions. Dolphins need a strong general manager to rebuild the team.
brad ny

Albany, NY

#3 Oct 16, 2006
Great personal move , let Suggs go,
bring back Minor and that cost them the game! Fumble/penalty/4 carries
for 1 yard!
Great job in personel
trumane ropos

Miami, FL

#4 Oct 16, 2006
Does Nick Saban have what it takes to be an NFL- NOT COLLEGE- coach??
trumane ropos

Miami, FL

#5 Oct 16, 2006
I have always felt that Chambers and McMichael were over rated- their performance this season proves it.These guys do NOT fight for the ball. Remember how clayton and duper "worked/fought" for the ball?? Do any of the 25+ coaches say anything to these guys??aNY ONE WHO HAS TO HAVE 25 assistant coaches must be insecure and NOT know what they are doing !!!!!!!!!!
Scott A

Boston, MA

#6 Oct 16, 2006
It's getting harder and harder to be a "dolphan.." Each week we see the receivers dropping balls.. You need to catch the ball with your hands!!! Just like in pop warner.. Remember?? They need to fire the receivers coach and offensive coordinator... This team is too stagnate.. I have to listen to Pat's fans daily make fun of the Dolphins...

Washington, DC

#7 Oct 16, 2006
Just read something really bothers me. V. Holliday said the coaching staff was late in getting the play called on L. Coles 58 yard TD. Have the players gotten out of knowing what to call while on the field sans coaches input? If this is the case then the NFL has become the world's best video game for O and D coordinators as the only ones working the controls.

United States

#8 Oct 16, 2006
What is everybody so upset about? We can still make the playoffs.
john adams

Vancouver, WA

#9 Oct 16, 2006
Malarky is a cancer, and Saban hired him and has gone along with all this conservative, predictable bullshit. The trick plays are ridiculous. I want to scream every time I see yet another designed pass to the flat for a 1-yard completion. These plays are complete waste. The receivers are getting pissed about running them too. You can see their reactions after the plays get blow up or stopped time after time. Welker had to make a Herculean effort, fighting off three guys to turn another one of those stupid pass plays to the flat in to a positive play in the fourth quarter.

Bring an offensive coordinator to the sidelines and listen to players and make in game adjustments. Laverious Coles was able to talk with his coordinator and that adjustment turned into a game winning td. Most importantly find a coordinator with an imagination and a willingness to pass the dam ball and generally be less conservative. And we still have to blame Saban directly, for kicking 20-yard field goals. We now see the difference between a good offensive coordinator Linahan and a conservative bullshit one, malarkey is about 8 games. Bye the way. Saban hired this bum and signed off on this conservative, predictable approach. I guess the same lack of observation skills were used to decide on this failed offensive approach that the players obviously hate to run that were used to determine that Dante was ready to play as a mobile quarterback.

Unfortunately he is far from a Pete Carroll type coach and looks a lot more like another Dave ‘dime sack’ Whannstadt. Saban kicks 21-22-23 yard field goals rather than showing a modicum of confidence in his offence and going for the td when inside the 10 yard line. Carroll never kicks 20 yard field goals. He knows the value and importance e of getting touchdowns. I had high hopes for Saban, but he is yet another coach that is too afraid to succeed in the nfl. This league is full of coached that play with one hand over their balls, too afraid to be aggressive, to take a chance on loosing field position or go for td when they could ‘get the points’ and kick a filed goal.

Say what you like about prevent defenses and soft converge. This team is far more comfortable in a shot-gun, hurry up style.
I suppose it is foolish to hope that Saban has enough brains and the ability to be flexible to shift his play calling to a more opened up gunslinger style. Malarkey is a conservative play caller which is exactly the last thing this squad needs or wants. This team has a bad offensive line, and talent at the skill positions. How about keeping it simple for the line with a steady diet of pass blocking and let the receivers loose? And I mean not just in the 4th quarter when the game is too frequently out of reach, but you know during the whole game. Malarkey is not the answer at offensive coordinator. He has to be the most disappointing coaching hire in the league this year.

Pissed off at bad coaching,
John Adams
Portland Oregon
Mike V

Boca Raton, FL

#10 Oct 16, 2006
You know your home town team sucks when you bet against them. Thanks "fins" for screwing up yet another game. I won the pool.
dol fan

Miami, FL

#11 Oct 16, 2006
i just cant believe we pay them so much money and this is the preformances we get maybe all pro athletes dont play at their potential. why would they have to, there getting paid. imagine we failed at our job we would probably not have one and we need one. pros politics are all out of proportion....WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD DEMAND BETTER

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