Five Keys To Making The Playoffs

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  • Get Production From the Quarterback: No brainer, right? The way the game has changed, it has become virtually impossible to have Superbowl aspirations without possessing at least an above average QB. Thirteen touchdowns and twenty interceptions will not make it in the NFL, and will most likely end the career of Chad Henne as a Miami Dolphin.  However, I am a believer in Chad and expect a much improved year given the fact he has a new OC and a new set of weapons in the running game. Go Chad!
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    • The Offensive Line Must Come Together: Last year the O line was devastated by injuries and multiple other problems. It seemed like every week there were players switching positions. The Center spot was a particular sore spot.  This is a whole new year. Hopefully Nate Garner is healthy, John Jerry will come out of his “funk” and “Mount Vernon Carey” will have an outstanding year at RG. With the addition of Pouncey, hopefully starting at Center, Big Jake getting healthy and Rich Incognito returning, I look for good things.  We have three 1st round picks starting on the O line (Long, Carey & Pouncey), and Tony Sparano is an experienced O line coach. There is no reason the O line should not be able to protect Henne and open up holes for Reggie Bush and company. Again, this element of the game will be critical for Miami.

     

    • Finally, they must play to win: Is it just me or does it seem the past mentality been “play not to lose?” No more playing for a field goal. No more predictable play calling. No more punting on 4th and 1 trailing by 10 points with 4 minutes to go in the game. They must take calculated risks and stop being so conservative.  Perhaps having such a solid defense has promoted this conservative type thinking, but it is time to let the offense loose!

    Did I cover all the things that need to go right for the Fins to make the playoffs? No, of course not. Did I cover the MOST IMPORTANT aspects? I hope so. It was tough narrowing it down to only five elements. I could have easily named 10 or even 15. Afterall, what are you thinking Fins? You never mentioned the running or passing game, the defense,  rooks coming in or the importance of staying healthy. No, I didn’t, but those things need to come together as well.

    Fins4ever! ~

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    • Lespaul

      how about protecting the quarterback? Hard to make the playoffs when your QB is on his back or running for his life.

    • stevehoffart

      Dude it’s “Gel” not “Jell”, second time I’ve seen you use it like this. Unless the Phins are sponsored by JELLO, it’s still Gel.

    • fins4ever

      @stevehoffart Thank you, I have changed the terminology. I guess we all learn something everyday. Sorry that is all you got out of the article.

    • fins4ever

      @Lespaul Agree. That goes hand in hand with the O line. No?

    • stevehoffart

      Awe, I wasn’t trying to rip on your article. It was good bro.

    • fins4ever

      @stevehoffart Thanks again. It is all true. If Henne doesn’t step it up and the o line plays like last year along with the type of conservative play, it will be a long season. We have to take back the division, starting on opening night in Miami!!

    • davej462

      I too am a Chad believer. I was a season ticket holder in orange bowl days. I currently live in Colorado and on a side note, “WE DO NOT WANT KYLE ORTON”.

      About filling the stands with dolphin supporters, that begins with winning games. Example, go to an Orioles game against NY in Baltimore. It was the same way in Boston until they started winning. Win games = fan support.

      I am excited about the defense this year and the O news I have been able to get sounds positive. I think Chad was a victim of the system and lack of confidence from the coaches. The correct person was fired when Dan Henning cleared out his office. That was the best news I have heard about the Dolphins in years.

      I am hopeful this year as I am every year. I was at the Playoff game against Baltimore a couple of years ago and hope to get to a couple of more SOON.

      GO DOLPHINS, BEAT THE JETS

    • GenLowe

      I’m watching the Pats slaughter the Jags. One of the Pats broadcasters said NE had Ryan Mallet rated first among all QBs on the draft board. This kid is the real deal. He’s got a laser for an arm, is accurate, moves in the pocket like Brady. Once again you guys missed the boat on your post-Dan QB. Once again you’re sniffing around for somebody else’s backup QB. Will they ever learn?

    • fins4ever

      @GenLowe I am beginning to wonder! If they don’t draft a QB in round 1 next year, I will lose all hope.