What is Certain: Change is Coming


You can be sure that Change is Coming in Miami.  Like a hurricane.

The One Unit that Never Let Us Down

Will Tony Sparano be out in Miami?  I don’t think so but it is still possible.  Referred to earlier by sportswriter Armando Salguerro in his column (after the Buffalo game) was the idea that the Fins could gain by getting a coach who is not only good, but also experienced, which is what Sparano is not (at least as a head coach).  So let’s look at the coaching staff and what has occurred up to now, this season.

But let’s observe what is for-certain with this team right now: Mike Nolan has upgraded the Defense as intended.  He did not disappoint here and was a plus while other elements (nearly all other elements) were a minus.  And no plans to leave Miami at the moment so let’s hope he stays and teaches other coaches and players his defense for several more years.  The Defensive scheme has been referred to as, “Ninja”, “Robber” and various others.  Note to the Defensive Secondary however; when the ball comes into your hands, catch it. That has got to be the biggest downer with this defense – the number of possible turnovers that were wasted on dropped interceptions or missed fumble recoveries.

Then there is the Offense: this was a major step backward.  Obviously.  And if you are analyzing or evaluating the team then you must note that this was different than the progress of the Defensive unit.  And that both are overseen by Tony Sparano; yet 2 different results, right?  This can only be because Sparano is relying on his coordinators and just, “managing” without bypassing when needed and really getting his fingers into things too much (at least that is what the scenario strongly hints of).

Lastly, the Special Teams Unit.  As we know, as soon as a change was made with the Coordinator position, the unit improved.  And at times it even looked pretty darned good.  It can definitely improve – no question about that.

Clearly, Sparano needs to handle things before a full season passes when one or more units are not playing as they should.  And as well, he needs to make a change at Offensive Coordinator for sure.  Changes at QB and RB?  Possibly, but you don’t make those changes until you’ve got a Coordinator and a plan.  And There has been a steady, consistent deterioration of the Offense from 2008 to 2009 to 2010.  Steady.  Consistent.  If there is one thing nearly anybody looking at the Fins can tell you it’s that the offense has declined rather than improved.

So, if you change Sparano then I would agree you only do so if you can get someone who has taken a team to the Superbowl.  Otherwise, why bother?  But you must make a change to the Offensive Coordinator.  And I think that is already for certain – another graceful retirement by Dan Henning, whom is only coaching right now because Bill Parcells asked him to come out of retirement earlier for this job.

The QB position must become dependable and a leadership position.  Not just another position being played like playing Guard or Wide Receiver.  And if the personnel needs to change here then so be it.  But I absolutely would not bring in Donovan McNabb.  Best is to find and draft a Franchise QB.  That is what is needed.  We need to reach and get one – now.

The days of Ricky and Ronnie may be over at RB.  And this is a waste and a bit of a tragedy.  Miami has 2 great running backs right now.  They are not being utilized correctly by the coaching and the schemes.  The offense has been simplified and simplified, “for Chad Henne” supposedly to the point now where the opposing defenses can tell you the play before it’s run.  But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if a new Offense totally revitalized Ricky and Ronnie and they came out and both had great seasons again.  No reason that cannot happen except: contract talks.  But if another RB is brought in fine; the scheme must change, regardless.

At least the Fins will be in a better draft position….

What changes do you see being needed in coaching and/or players?

Tags: Armando Salguerro Buffalo Dan Henning Defense Mike Nolan Offense Offensive Coordinator Ricky Williams Ronnie Brown Special Teams Tony Sparano

  • EDUB21

    KEEP SPARANO, BRING ON JOSH MCDANIEL HOPEFULLY HE AND MIKE NOLAN CAN CO EXIST. THE ONE THING HE KNOWS IS OFFENSE AND QB’S BRING KYLE ORTON AND DRAFT JAKE LOCKER 15TH OR CHRISTIAN PONDER IN THE 5TH RD. NEED MOBILITY AT THE POSITION. fyi TONY FIX THE F##KING OL NOW!!!!

  • http://procerus.ca/ Steve Hoffart

    McDaniel!?!

    You mean the same guy who chased every talented player out of Denver, including Brandon Marshall. What a great way to show our commitment to our big name wideout, bring in the guy who chased him out of Denver! LOL, McDaniel should not be allowed on a football field ever again! Locker won’t fall to 15th and Christian Ponder is not a franchise QB.

    Orton has value, can’t argue that. I believe that the Bengals may look at wholesale changes and Palmer might be available, but I truly believe that we should look at trading up a spending the dough to lock up a young franchise signal caller like Luck or Mallett and stop-gap him with a veteran QB.

    The best thing that happened to our defense was Mike Nolan, the same now has to happen to our offense. Number One offseason acquisition for the Dolphins will be a new Offensive Coordinator. Most definitely not McDaniels!!!

  • Bob

    Trade Chad Henne along with switching first round draft picks to
    Carolina and ” GET ANDREW LUCK ” Take Ronnie Brown too just get
    the deal done!!!!! We need a franchise quarterback already like yesterday .

  • davessi

    picking a QB with leadership skills as well as physical skills is imperative. We already have a QB that can throw the ball a mile, but couldn’t lead a thirsty man to water. Luck is a solid choice and so is Locker. Everyone has been down on Locker of late, but he’s had no line and crap receivers. Give him a scheme, line and receivers and he’ll win games. Andy Dalton is another solid LEADER and wins ball games. Watched him play a lot over the years and he may not have the pro-style release, but hell look at Tebow. Greg McElroy is another LEADER with good skills…lot of INT’s though, so something to think about with him. Tyrod Taylor is a playmaker, but short at 6′,1″. Also has a low completion percentage. Mallett is awesome, but thought he was a junior? He has back to back 30 td seasons and 65% completion rate? holy smoke, if he comes out this year he will be long gone by the time the phish have even a sniff at him.

  • davessi

    One other consideration depending how things shake out would be to add some speed on the team. Homerun hitting RB or receiver…Jerrel Jernigan from Troy has 4.3 speed and great hands. Noel Devine is another explosive 4.3 running back that is light speed through a hole and dangerous on screens. Ask the Hurricanes how they liked chasing his ass around for the past two years. Titus Young from Boise State is another break for the house receiver and returner. Scoring points hurt the Dolphins this year, so adding some speed might help.

  • GetterDone Phins!

    I am Officially now Leading the Harbaugh bandwagon!!!
    OMG, I Luv that Guy!
    Yeah, I know about college coaches having trouble jumping to the NFL as of late.
    But I feel this guy is the EXCEPTION not the rule !

    Loved the way he snapped at the reporters about his future, he wanted it to be all about the team. (maybe that’s why Ross has delayed any announcement, plus Ross was at the game)

    Ok, but what really impressed me was how he made adjustments(something sorely lacking in Miami) at halftime in a tight 13-12 game.
    His offensive formations, sets, SHIFTS, and play calling was incredible to say least!

    Was even freaking Gruden & Jaws out in the booth…lol. They also gushed about his ability to develop a QB, being a former one himself of course. This well be paramount in whatever QB’s we keep, and of course the one’s Miami DRAFT!

    The best thing of all is his love of using TE’s in the game, Fleener had 3TD’s, 4TD’s total from his TE’s, and his use of the run game at the right times, then his play action calls off of good runs!

    INCREDIBLE and against a tough Hokie Defense.

    Harbaugh’s team also played very stout Defense against a very tough Hokie Offense!

    A thing of beauty I tell ya.
    Ok, I know it was one game. But Harbaugh clearly game plans extremely well for an opponent (his NFL QB experience there), and for games on the big stage!
    I also loved watching his demeanor on the sidelines during timeouts, between plays, & during plays.
    I tell ya the man has a serious fire in his eyes and a scowl on his chin that I haven’t seen in a longtime! Maybe since a young Don Shula.

    Jim Harbaugh is money for some body’s future, whether he stays another year at Stanford, goes to Michigan, or goes to the NFL.

    My only hope is the Ross connection is enough to help sway him to be the Dolphins next Head Coach!!!

    Miami needs this young, fiery, gritty, very innovated, QB developing, offense minded, all things football coach now!

  • dolphfan

    what is certain is that miami needs speed on offense speed wins games ,also a o.c. who is willing to let it go and a qb. that can handle the autabul one who doesent get nervous in big games