Well I'm back from this weekend's festivities. Incase you didn't know, the Dolphins hosted 20 or so Dolphin websites and gave us some great access. We got a stadium tour that included stops in the locker room and a tour of the training facility that concluded with getting a chance to speak with Cam Cameron and John Offerdahl as well as others from management. Say what you want about the team's play, but this organization is classy and really does appreciate their fans. I don't know of any other team in the NFL who gives that kind of access to fansite and/or blog operators and writers. A big thanks definitely goes out to the entire organization.
Now onto my thoughts about this game. They'll be a bit shorter than usual because everyone is probably tired of talking about this game already.
What is there to say about this defense? Seriously, what can you say? They're terrible. It's that simple. They suck. Yes, I said it. An NFL defense simply can't allow 299 yards on the ground to the opposition. An NFL defense can't allow the opposing team to pick up 6.1 yards per carry. And an NFL defense can't allow the opposition to convert 60% of their 3rd downs. I was shocked; utterly shocked. I've never seen an NFL defensive line get shoved back 2 or 3 yards off the line of scrimmage on nearly every play. I don't want to hear about the injuries to Zach Thomas or Channing Crowder as excuses. This team couldn't stop the run when they were both healthy. At this point, I'm not sure how to fix it. But something has to be done.
The Defensive Line
And as if those injuries aren't enough, Vonnie Holliday miss at least 1 to 2 weeks with a fractured lower leg. That means that Rod Wright, who was active on Sunday, will likely take Vonnie's starting spot. Now, I'm aware that Vonnie hasn't played very well anyway, but this now means that this defensive line will have 2 first year starters. The other, Matt Roth, has been pretty disappointing so far. And the two veterans, Jason Taylor and Keith Traylor, have looked (sadly) just like...veterans. I don't mean that in a good way, either. Things aren't likely to get better very quick, that's for sure.
Trent Green and the QB Situation
Trent, again, struggled. He made some piss poor passes (like the first interception), but did make a couple good ones. He also didn't get much help from his receivers, as Chris Chambers had a couple drops and he and Marty Booker both had trouble getting open. With that said, I think it may be time to start looking to the future. I said a while back that I don't think John Beck should be thrown into a starting role too early. But I'm going back on that statement just a little bit. Now, Green hasn't been terrible, but he also hasn't even been mediocre. His play has been somewhere between "below average" and "bad." But like many have said already, there isn't much of a reason to keep Trent in there if this season continues going down the shitter. Maybe we can think about the way this season is going as a positive. Maybe we will see John Beck by mid to late November? At the very least, I'm starting to think we'll see Beck get some playing time in at least the last couple of games. I guess it really might be time to start getting our future QB some experience. After all, my original worry was about Beck getting killed behind this line, but the line has been looking better each week. My point here is that maybe it isn't crazy to be thinking about Beck already.
Let's end this talk now. Ronnie Brown is a BEAST!! That's the bottom line. If this line can continue to open up some holes and if Cam will continue to give Brown the ball, then Ronnie is really going to prove to be worth the #2 overall pick. Without a doubt, we are seeing Ronnie grow up before our very eyes. He looks more decisive finding the hole and looks as quick and powerful as ever when he bursts through that hole. And his involvement in the passing game is just the icing on the cake, as he has good hands and is very good after the catch. But there's one more thing I love about him. Ronnie is really starting to show some fire. He's really showing some enthusiasm. He's more intense on the field and is becoming a leader on the sidelines. He's the only Dolphin I saw this past Sunday standing on the sidelines, waving a towel, and cheering for the defense. At the risk of sounding homoerotic, I love Ronnie Brown!!
There's one more thing I need to address. I've been reading and hearing a lot of crap (and crap is exactly what it's been) about how some fans at the games aren't screaming curse words or jumping up and down while yelling at the top of their lungs when the defense is on the field and need a big stop. Well I got a little secret: doing that shit doesn't make the defense play better. Jason Taylor isn't standing on the field saying he isn't going to try as hard to make a play because the crowed isn't as loud as he'd like it to be. Zach Thomas isn't saying he'll take a play off because some guy in the crowd isn't screaming. So let's stop with the pathetic excuses. It makes me feel ashamed to be a Dolphin fan when I have to hear people who consider themselves knowledgable Dolphin fans make such lame excuses as to why this defense can't get off the field on third down. Is that what being a Dolphin fan is about? Is it about calling out other fans? Is it about making poor excuse after poor excuse as to why this team, and this defense more specifically, is struggling? I don't think so, but that's what some Dolphin fans are doing and it's pretty sickening. I guess you could say these fans have hit rock bottom.
And now I'll get off my soapbox. I apologize for the rambling.
As always, your thoughts below...