Coaching Is the Key – Part I


The Dolphins will go into the free market once again and Jeff Ireland has been a frequent flier.  He’s picked up some pretty good undrafted Free Agents last season and I’m sure he’s got plans in mind for the Fins this season.  Good UFA’s (Undrafted Free Agents) such as Davonne Bess and Dan Carpenter to name a couple.  Not to mention finding stellar talent such as Cameron Wake by watching that other nearby league, the CFL.

Tony Sparano and the Coaching Staff are a big factor in improvement or not.

I’ll tell you a couple of interesting (at least to me) tidbits about what is happening right now for the Fins personnel-wise.  One thing is that Ireland absolutely positively is planning to bring in a free agent Quarterback to challenge and push Chad Henne.  You can bet the farm on this.  Another is that he will look for other speedy talent including a couple of cover corners and is probably talking tonight with the Toronto Argonauts or other teams about acquiring people.

This Draft ain’t over after all!  And this has been a time to shine in the past for Miami.  A time to locate solid receivers who happen to wear dreadlocks.  And fast DE’s who happen to excel at stuffing the run and the QB.

But the question will be; who will possibly even help the Fins at QB in any possible way?  And sadly, I just don’t see the talent out there.  But then again, there very well could be someone in an obscure small school or in the CFL or (like Kurt Warner) bagging groceries right now at the local store whom we can bring in and either challenge or outright beat Mr. Henne.  Henne after all is not sacred.  He is not Marino.  And for him to improve there does need to be competition.

I predict we’ll bring in another 2-3 WR’s, at least 1 other veteran Quarterback.  Whom will it be? My unique take on this is that it does not matter.  And here’s why: the Front Office and Jeff Ireland & Tony Sparano have no intention whatsoever of benching Chad Henne.  They want him pushed to play better definitely; but they understand the time and work involved to develop a new quarterback out of college and the expense and effort even to bring in a quarterback from another team who is still in their prime and needs to be grooved into a new system with a different team.

If Kurt Warner were out there now, then maybe he could do it.  But outside of Warner, whom else has been successful in changing teams and leading the new team to a Super Bowl? I submit that you will have to look for a long time to find somebody like that.  But go ahead, see if you can find even one other.

Why did the Dolphins Offense do so badly and what is going to change it into a productive unit?

Look, I made predictions on the Defense last year as a new writer for Phinphanatics.com and now have some sooth to say concerning the Offense.  Let’s start with the coaching staff.

Your Miami Dolphins 2010 Coaching Staff  (Please note how many are no-longer with the team):

(Format courtesy thefins.com)

Name Position
MIA
NFL
College
Tony Sparano Head Coach
3
12
New Haven

 

Name Position
MIA
NFL
College
Dan Henning Offensive Coordinator
5
32
William & Mary
David Lee Quarterbacks
3
7
Vanderbilt
James Saxon Running Backs
3
11
San Jose State
Karl Dorrell Wide Receivers
3
6
UCLA
George DeLeone Tight Ends
3
4
Connecticut
Dave DeGuglielmo Offensive Line
2
8
Boston
Steve Bush Offensive Quality Control
3
3
S. Connecticut St.

 

Name Position
MIA
NFL
College
Mike Nolan Defensive Coordinator
1
24
Oregon
Kacy Rodgers Defensive Line
3
8
Tennessee
Bill Sheridan Linebackers
1
6
Grand Valley State
Todd Bowles Secondary
Assistant Head Coach
3
11
Temple
David Corrao Defensive Quality Control
3
3
Arizona

 

Name Position
MIA
NFL
College
Darren Rizzi Special Teams
2
2
Rhode Island
Evan Marcus Strength and Conditioning
3
7
Ithaca
Dave Puloka Strength and Conditioning
3
4
Holy Cross
John Bonamego Special Teams (dismissed)
3
12
Central Michigan  

More coming in Part II.

Tags: Cameron Wake CFL Dan Carpenter Dan Marino Davonne Bess Draft Jeff Ireland Kurt Warner Tony Sparano

  • onole1

    They will bring in a vet FA, but also look for them to bring in UDFA Adam Froman from Louisville. Maybe he can be that Kurt Warner diamond in the rough.

  • Bert Smith

    Would love to see it but with a shortened (likely) training camp and a new system, doubtful he would start right away in any case. But maybe mid-season!

  • corners

    “I predict we’ll bring in another 2-3 WR’s”

    Will be lucky if its even 1 wr.

  • thomas loy

    I suspect the veteran free agent will be vince young, but I am hoping Miami signs an undrafted free agent QB or two. I disagree that they’ve penciled in Henne as the starter. If he wins the job, fine and dandy, but it will be a competition at QB. And thigpen might unseat henne.

  • ROCK

    Your QB’s that went on to S.B. Trent Dilfer, Drew Brees two off top of my head!

  • Bert Smith

    Pretty much no way on Vince Young or any QB that is used to the West Coast Offense like McNabb, etc. But there is one guy that could come in right now and make Miami dominant – and he’s from such a system: Matt Flynn. This guy has the smarts, the poise, and the desire to play. He’ll never play as a backup to Aaron Rodgers. And that’s gotta hurt!

    • RC

      Flynn would be a great asset but what would it cost us?

  • Bert Smith

    Flynn is a free agent, actually. Depends on how things will roll, but my guess is that he would really like to find an up-and-coming team that needs a starting Quarterback who can play right now. And have a career with that team. And I’ve gotta believe that South Florida would be a very desirable destination for somebody like that; rather than someplace like Buffalo, etc. If you were shopping for a place to have a career, wouldn’t you really rather be in Miami?

    • RC

      I didn’t know he was a free agent,that is a different story
      we can afford him and don’t have to give up any draft picks.
      Thank’s Bert