It's that time again. My Perspectives are starting to work themselves into Regular Season form. The first change for this upcoming year will be the day of publication. Last season, I worked a Wednesday schedule. Well, with Lefty doing his "contributing author" piece each Wednesday, I will get out of his way. As such, I will probably move to a Thursday publishing, giving me a chance to digest the weekend, including MNF, and then ensuring I have a chance to write. Hopefully that works.
But, as you can see, this one is showing up on Wednesday this week because, well, I have a chance to write it today, and tomorrow I am teaching all day, so here it is.
I was originally going to use this space to discuss the Dolphins performance over the last two pre-season games, but what more could I add to that discussion? Chad Henne looks like he has the offense under his control. Chad Pennington looks like he's ready to be number 2. Tyler Thigpen looks to have solidified his role as #3 (although I still think we trade Thigpen, as he is the backup QB with the most value). Pat White looks like...well, Pat White.
Brandon Marshall apparently wants to try out as Brandon Fields' backup - and seems to have caught whatever "-itis" Ted Ginn, Jr. left in the #19 jersey. It might even be contagious, as that would explain Davone Bess last season and now Brian Hartline. (Although, I am sure Marshall will be straight once the games actually count.)
Speaking of Brandon Fields, the guy has a leg! What a beautiful thing it is to have a punter who can boom a kick. Now, if we could stop hearing the dreaded "double thump," we might be a little better off.
Calling Sean Smith and Vontae Davis. Calling Sean Smith and Vontae Davis. Please report to Joe Dolphins Pro Shark Life Stadium. Your secondary is looking for you.
But, I decided not to run through all of that because Matty, Lefty, and all of you have hashed out our strengths and weaknesses thus far through the preseason so well.
I will say, however, this is the preseason. The sky may be falling, but it's got a long time before it actually hits the Marlins' infield.
So, since this isn't about the Dolphins' play over the last two weeks, what is it about?
Darrelle Revis and Brett Favre. I know, you are all probably as sick of hearing about them as I am. That's the point of this perspective.
First off, thank goodness Brett Favre is back in Minnesota and that drama is (somewhat) over. Everyone knew Favre was coming back. Everyone, that is, except apparently the Vikings and Favre. No one really cared what he was doing in Hattiesberg. No one cared that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, and Ryan Longwell traveled down to the Favre farm and hung-out with him, convincing him to come back to Minnesota. He was coming back.
Now, we get reports about how Favre and head coach Brad Childress have issues. Apparently, Favre stated that Childress "has no clue about offense" and that Favre and other teammates have "no respect" for their coach. What?!? First off, if that were true, why woulf Favre put himself back in that situation? Secondly, WHO CARES??? Can we just get Favre and the Vikings to go away until the season starts? Please?
The only thing more annoying than the Favre-love is the Revis watch. I understand the guy is good. I understand he is holding out. So is Vincent Jackson. Why don't I hear his name a billion times a day? Yesterday we had breaking news and repeated reports that Revis "may be close to signing a new deal." Seriously? Now we are making breaking news saying we don't have any news? Come on. Can this please stop?
I absolutely love what the Jets did (oh, I just threw up a little in my mouth....I can't believe I even thought that statement, let alone wrote and published it). First, they resigned tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson last month through the 2017 season. Yesterday, the team signed center Nick Mangold to a new, seven-year contract, making him the highest paid center in football. Great job by the Jets, sticking to their plans, getting their o-line solidified and not letting the ridiculousness of the Revis situation distract them. As Ferguson's agent, Brad Blank, said, "I think it sends a message by the Jets that if you keep your mouth shut and do your job, they’ll take care of you, even if you don’t hold a gun to their heads."
Maybe Revis should learn that, show up for camp, and do what he is supposed to do. Then the contract will come.
Plus, we won't have to hear about him anymore.
Oh, and I may as well continue my gag-inducing praise for the rest of the AFC East. Great comments from Tom Brady this week. As Dolphin341 said in his FanPost, I respect the guy a little more after this. In case you didn't hear the quote, Brady was asked about the "Hard Knocks" show on HBO featuring the Jets this season. Brady's response was, "Honestly, I haven't turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show. ... I'm sure it's great TV. I'm glad people are liking it. But that's just something that I have no interest in watching. I'd love to say a lot of mean things, but I'd rather not do that, either."
So, my perspective for this week really comes down to one statement...please let the regular season hurry up so we don't have to listen to any of this stuff anymore!