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Dolphins hire Mike McDaniel
McDaniel becomes 14th coach in franchise history

The Miami Dolphins have hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as their new coach, making him the 11th full time and 14th overall coach. McDaniel had worked under 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan for the past 11 seasons and gets his first shot as a head coach after one year as offensive coordinator and 3 years as run game coordinator. McDaniel was credited for his role in developing San Francisco's creative running game and could help the development of WR Jaylen Waddle. The Dolphins struggled offensively this season despite finishing 9-8 and that is probably why they were looking for an offensive minded coach. The Yale-educated McDaniel got his coaching start on Mike Shanahan's staff in Denver in 2005. He worked as an assistant in Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. McDaniel then joined Shanahan's staff in San Francisco run game coordinator and took over the offensive coordinator role in 2021.

Dolphins fire Brian Flores
SHOCKING -Flores leaves the team after back to back winning seasons
The search for a new coach begins again...

Former Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has decided to fire Head Coach Brian Flores despite the 2021 turn around and the fact he delivered 2 consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2003. In a shocking turn of events Ross decided to fire Flores and somehow retain GM Chris Grier despite the awful but highly invensted O-line and running game. Ross talked about collaboration within the organization and not actual coaching. Flores is a very good coach and he will probably land another head coaching position, maybe even this year. The team did have 3 O-coordinators in 3 years and 2 D-coordinators in Flores' tenure as coach. The possible replacements don't seem better than Flores which makes this decision even more surprising. Ross also said it has nothing to do with Tua and the next coach will decide on the next QB. The Dolphins now begin a search for the 14th coach in Dolphins history.

Dolphins hire Brian Flores as Head Coach
Flores becomes Dolphins 13th coach in history
Named 10th full time coach

Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores

The Miami Dolphins decided to hire Patriots LB and defensive play caller Brian Flores to lead the Dolphins rebuild as the team's 10th full time and 13th head coach. Flores spent his entire career in New England starting out as a scout in 2004, then an assitant coach on the offensive side an d special teams. He then moved to the defensive side of the ball coaching in the secondary and linebackers. He was the de-facto defensive coordinator in 2018 and led the Patriots defense to the 7th overall ranking in points allowed in 2018. Almost all of the assistant coaches will change in 2019, a rebuild year. The Dolphins hired former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach. The Dolphins are expected to have two young first time coordinators in Chad O'shea (offense) and Patrick Graham (defense). O'shea coached the Patriots wide receivers and Graham was the Green bay linebackers coach (before that he coached at New England). Danny Crossman will be the special teams coordinator. Former Dolphins coach Adam Gase is now the head coach of the NT Jets.

Dolphins hire Adam Gase as Head Coach
Gase becomes Dolphins 12th coach in history)

Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase

The Miami Dolphins decided to hire Broncos and Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as the team's next head Coach. Gase becomes the 12 th head coach in team history and the 9th full time head coach. Gase served as the Bears offensive coordinator last year after spending 2013-2014 in the same position in Denver. He is 37 years old becoming the youngest head coach in the leagur and the youngest in Dolphins history (Shula was 40 when he was hired in Miami after serving 7 years as the Colts head coach). Gase was a hot candidate although he has never been a head coach in any level.

Gase is expected to call plays depending on who he names as offensive coordiantor. The Dolphins have hired Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph as the team's next defensive coordinator. Special team coordinator Darren Rizi is expected to stay although no official word is out yet. Former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will be offensive line coach in Indianapolis and Dan Campbell is expected to join the Saints staff.

Dolphins fire Joe Philbin
Dan Campbell named interim coach

Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell

The Miami Dolphins decided to fire head Coach Joe Philbin, the 10th coach in franchise history after yet another loss, this time to the New York Jets. The Dolphins named tight ends coach Dan Campbell the interim head coach and he is going to be the 11th coach in Frnachise history to lead the Dolphins in two weeks time against the Titans. AS for more changes to the coordinator positions that has not been determined yet. The Dolphins are playing poorly on both offense and defense and that's why Campbell was named interim head coach and not one of the coordinators. Campbell, a former TE, is 39 and the youngest active head coach in the NFL.

Campbell is in his 6th year with the Dolphins first hired during the Sparano coaching staff. He stayed when Philbin arrived and is considered one of the good young coaches on the team. He plyed for 11 years with the Giants, Cowboys, Lions and Saints finishing with 91 catches for 934 yards and 11 TDs. He also won a superbowl ring while on the Saints injured reserve list.

Philbin named 10th head coach in franchise history

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin

The Miami Dolphins decided to name Packers Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as the next Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. He will become the team's 10th head coach (8th full time head coach).

Philbin has been the offensive coordiator in Green Bay since 2007. Philbin is 50 years old and he has 28 years of coaching experience, 19 years in college and the last 9 in Green bay working his way up from assistant OL coach to TE coach to offensive coordinator. Philbin's son died 2 weeks ago but Philbin still coached in Green bay's divisional playoff loss to the GIants last week.

Sparano named 8th head coach in franchise history

Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano

The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring Tony Sparano as the 8th head coach in franchise history and the 5th in the last 5 years. The deal is beleived to be for 4 years at around 11 million dollars. Sparano was with the Cowboys the last 5 years, 4 of them coaching under Bill Parcells. He has also worked with Ireland the past 5 years in Dallas. He was the play caller in Parcells' final year, 2006 and this past year he was named assitant head coach and he was also in charge for the O-line.

QB John Beck named Dolphins starter
Beck will be first rookie starter since Marino in 1983
It is now official. Quarterback John Beck, Miami's second round pick in the 2007 draft, will start at quarterback on Sunday. November 18th will mark the first time a rookie quarterback will start for Miami since Marino did it 24 years ago. Beck, the Dolphins QB of the future will get his first playing time in order to see if he is the answer to their QB problems. Beck will be the 12th quarterback to start since Marino retired at the end of the 1999 season. Coach Cameron did not want to start Beck this year but Miami's awful record and the fact that QB Trent Green is out for the year and QB Cleo Lemon hasn't won a game in his 5 NFL starts ultimately led to Beck's rise to the starting role.
The Beck Era begins Sunday, November 18th 2007. Good Luck.

Ricky Williams reinstated - To join Dolphins Monday
Ricky is back, could play next Monday
The NFL has officaily reinstated fromer star RB Ricky Williams and he can return to the team as earrly as next Monday. Ricky a day after receiving word from NFL commisioner allowing him to return, met with Dolphins coach Cam Cameron. Cameron allowed Ricky to return to practice Monday. He could be activated fro next Monday's game at Pittsburgh. The Dolphins officialy have two weeks to activate him or release him. We could see Ricky play as soon as next Monday. He has left the team before the 2004 season and was suspended for the last 18 months after failing a million drug tests. He played only 12 NFL games since 2004 but in my opinion he is still the best RB in team history and holds many Dolphins RB record despite playing only 3 incomplete seasons with the Phins.By the way, Ricky's last two NFL games came in 2005, a 108 yard outing against the Pats and a 172 yard demolishion of the Titans...
Ricky is BACK.

Cam Cameron is Miami's 7th head coach

Dolphins Head Coach Cam Cameron

The two and a half week search is over. The Dolphins signed Malcolm "Cam" Cameron to a 4 year deal making Cameron the seventh head coach in Dolphin history. Cameron was interviewd for hours by Dolphins top officials including owner Wayne Huizenga. Cameron served as the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator the past 5 years. The Chargers offense ranked number one in points scored and 4th in yards. He is also the first offensive minded the Dolphins have ever hired. All previous 6 head coaches came from a defensive background. Cameron worked with star Chargers QB Drew Brees, QB Philip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates and 2006 MVP RB Ladanian Tomlinson. The Dolphins are expected to retain defensive coordinator Dom Capers and GM Randy Muller that will now be the man in charge of personnel. Cameron will call the plays on gameday.

Dan Marino elected to the Hall of Fame
Dan gets highest honor in his first year of eligibility

Dolphin legend Dan Marino
Dan Marino's career as a Dolphin quarterback is finally complete. The Hall of fame selection committee has voted Marino to the Hall of Fame in his first year of elegibility. He becomes the 9th Dolphin to receive football's greatest honor. Marino will be inducted in a special ceremony in Canton, Ohio, home of pro football's Hall of Fame on August 7th just before the season's first pre season game called the Hall of Fame game. Only 26 QBs are enshrined in the Hall and only 10 were elected in their first year of elegibility. Marino still holds most of the QB records. He is widely considered the best passer in history and by many the greatest quarterback in history. Marino finished his career is the all-time leading passer in all four major passing categories leading the way with 420 TDs and 61,361 yards. His 5084 yards single season record still stands even after 20 years and the rule changes in 2004 that made passing a lot easier. Aided by the rule changes his 48 TD single season record was broken by Peyton Manning by 1 this year. When Marino broke the previous record he broke it by 12 - 33%. That is similar to Manning throwing 64 TDs. Marino is still the only player to throw 40 TDs in a season twice (44,48) and one of only 3 (along with Manning and Warner who threw 41 in 1999) to throw for 40 TDs in a single season. Most of the 30 individual records he owned or shared when he retired 5 years ago still stand and will probably last a long time.

Nick Saban named next Dolphins head coach
becomes 6th head coach in team history
LSU coach Nick Saban has agreed to coach the Dolphins. After receiving a contract offer on Wednesday Coach Saban decided on Saturday to agree to the five year deal offered by Dolphins' owner Wayne Huizenga. The contract has an average salary of 4.5 million a year and it gives Saban full authority over personnel decisions.
Begining Monday Saban will have the last call on any free agent or draft pick and will be the man to decide on any personnel move. It is not yet clear whether General Manager Rick Spielman will remain with the team. The only thing that is clear is that he won't have the final say like he did this year.
Saban will be formally introduced in a press conference on Monday after he coaches his last game at LSU.
Coach Saban coached LSU to a share of the national title in 2003 and was considered by many one of the biggest names in the coaching prospects. Saban was approached in the past by five other NFL teams including the Bears and Falcons last year but he declined their offer as it did not contain full authority on personnel decisions. Saban was the defensive coordinator with the Browns under now Patriot coach Bill Belichick from 1991 to 1994. He then moved on to become head coach of Michigan state. He was hired by LSU to turn around their franchise and he accomplished just that driving them to a share of the national title in 2003. Saban was also a head coach at Toledo for one year before joining the Browns. He also spent time on the Houston Oilers coaching staff. Saban, 53, has been on Bellichick's coaching staff in Cleveland together with Dolphins interim coach Jim Bates.

Dave Wannstedt resigns.
Bates named interim head coach,
becomes 5th coach in Dolphins history

Head coach Dave Wannstedt, the fourth coach in Dolphins history announced his resignation after 4 and a half years as coach of the Dolphins. His resignation comes after the Dolphins started with the worst record in the teams' 39 year history. Wannstedt had a 42-25 record in his first 4 years, including 1-2 in the playoffs. The team started this year with a 1-8 record. Wannstedt was with the team for 5 and a half years and his 4 and a half years as head coach is second on the team's all time list behind legendary hall of fame coach Don Shula who coached the team for 26 years. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates was named interim head coach. Dolphins' president Eddie Jones stated in the press conference announcing Wannstedt's decision that a search for a permanent head coach will start immediatley. The Dolphins are not permitted to talk to NFL coaches until the season is over so a head coach will be named after the season.

Ricky Williams quits football at age 27
The Dolphins' troubled off-season took the worse hit it could have taken. Star Running back Ricky Williams, by far Miami's best player and one of the NFL's premire players decided his heart wasn't into football anymore and he will retire at the age of only 27.
Williams, the former winner of the Heisman Trophy Award, played only 5 seasons in the NFL, the last two with the Dolphins. The Dolphins spent 2 first round draft choices to acquire the pro bowl running back and he returned with a mega 2002 season when he led the entire league with 1,852 yards breaking 9 Dolphins' records on the way to an MVP award in the pro bowl. He also scored 16 TDs in 2002.
His 2003 campaign wasn't as good but he did gain almost 1,400 yards (by far Miami's second best season for a RB, second only to his own 2002 performance). He carried the ball an NFL high 392 times (a new Dolphin record).
Miami's entire offense was built around the young 27 year old. His abrupt retirement comes only days before training camp starts and after all other available RBs have already signed with new teams. Just two weeks ago, Williams said he was looking forward to the upcoming season.
His retirement left all Dolphins in complete shock, including coach Wannstedt and GM Spielman. The Dolphins don't have time to search for a top quality replacement as most starting caliber RBs have already signed elsewhere. Even good backups are not available and Miami's strongest position now becomes its worst considering the Dolphins changed almost their entire o-line.
Miami's odds of making the Superbowl or even getting to the playoffs sharply diminished, some say down to zero. This is a sad day for Dolphins, Ricky's decision looks weird even in Ricky's standards. He walks away from millions of dollars he get to doing what he does best. He says the money didn't matter to him and he liked to travel. The timing is even worse as in many ways the Dolphins year is essentially over as it is almost impossible to find a replacement that late. Ricky says that the fact he twice tested positive for marijuana subjecting himself to the NFL's substance abuse program (including random testing) had liitle, but some, effect in his decision. He said he was glad "to be free".
Marion, Perry, Ruddy, McKnight, Griese released
The Dolphins got under the salary cap by releasing pro bowl safety Brock Marion, center Tim Ruddy, Guard Todd Perry, backup QB Brian Griese and WR James McKnight. Marion, a pro bowler in 3 of the last 4 years is 34 years old and the Dolphins wanted to get younger at the safety position. They re-signed backup safety Arturo Freeman in order to replace Marion as the starter. Freeman started in 2002 before being pushed out of the startinf lineup by free agent acquisition Sammy Knight. Marion was the most experienced player in the Dolphins secondary. Marion owns 2 superbowl rings from his Dallas years and made 3 pro bowls in the last 4 years including last year.
The release of Ruddy and Perry coupled with the fact that LG Jamie Nails was allowed to shop his services in free agency means the team will replace the interior of the O-line. Backup center Seath McKinney will probably enter the starting lineup. RT Todd Wade is still unsigned meanning the Dolphins could look very much different next year at O-line.
The release of backup QB Griese was expected as he was due an astronomical 6 million dollar salary for a backup role next year.
Backup WR McKnight was also released as the team feels it can sign a free agent WR that drops fewer passes... McKnight was the fastest man on the team but showed inconsistency during his Dolphin tenure. The Dolphins are expected to draft a WR in the upcoming draft which is beleived to be very deep at the WR position.
The Dolphins are now officialy under the salary cap but need to cut more in order to have room to sign free agents and some of their current players (mainly Wade and Ogunleye). Ogunleye was tendered the highest tender possible. Being a restricted free agent, any team that wants to sign him will have to give up a 1st and 3rd round pick.
As for QB Jay Fiedler, Coach Wannstedt asked him to return and compete for the starting QB position at his current 3.7 million salary. It is still unclear what are his intentions. According to his agent he will probably make up his mind in the coming weeks.

Dolphins sign Brian Griese (10/6/03)

The Dolphins agreed to terms with former Broncos QB Brian Griese over the weekend. Griese was the starter for the last few years but fell out of favour with Broncos Head coach Mike Shanahan. Denver released Griese and signed former Cardinal Jake Plummer. Griese went to the pro bowl after the 2000 season when he had a QB rating of over 100. Griese's play declined the last couple of years some of it caused by injuries. Griese, the son of former Dolphins QB and member of Pro Football's Hall of Fame Bob Griese, is a Miami native, He went to Michigan where he led the team to the national title in the late 90s. Griese is expected to backup QB Jay Fiedler. Both coach Wannstedt and owner Huizenga said the backup QB play is the main reason the Dolphins didn't make the playoffs last year when former Dolphin QB Ray Lucas went 2-4 in Fiedler's absense. Lucas was released after the season. Griese's acquisition siginficantly upgrades the QB position and will make Miami's offense better next year in case Fiedler goes down with an injury again next season.

Dolphins pick LB with top pick (15/4/03)

The Dolphins surprised everybody by picking a LB with their top pick in the 2nd round of the draft (1st rounder went to New Orleans in the Ricky Williams trade). LB Eddie Moore was the highest LB to be drafted by Miami since 1994. Moore himself was surprised from the pick saying he was more than shocked to hear the news. Moore was picked instead of a LT which was the team's highest priority or WR (Kelly Washington projected by many as a first rounder was still on the board until going to the Bengals with the top pick of the 3rd round). Miami addressed its OL situation by picking two OL in the 3rd round but neither figures as a starter in 2003. Miami continued drafting for need in the 5th round grabbing a TE (where Miami lost 2 players to free agency) and a WR. Two DBs and an OT were then taken in the 6th round before finishing the draft with a 7th round pick of a DT.

Williams named Probowl MVP (10/2/03)

Ricky Williams continued his big season by rushing for 2 TDs and being named probowl MVP. Ricky rushed 9 times for more than 50 yards and scored twice as the AFC dominated the NFC in the 2002 Probowl. Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Sam Madison (playing for the injured Patrick Surtain) all had an INT. Brock Marion and Tim Bowens also played for the AFC.

AFC best 6 Dolphins going to the Pro Bowl (5 on defense) (20/12/02)

An AFC best six Dolphins were selected to play in the pro bowl. DE Jason Taylor, a strong candidate for defensive player of the year honor was selected to his second career pro bowl. Taylor has an NFL best 17 sacks this season. DT Tim Bowens and S Brock Marion were also selected to their second pro bowl. CB Patrick Surtain was selected to his first pro bowl. Surtain leads the team (shares NFL lead) with a career best 6 INTs this season. Surtain also became only the second Dolphin CB ever to make the pro bowl, the first being Sam Madison (1999-2001). Madison was selected as an alternate along with Olindo Mare, Tommy Hendricks, Randy McMichael and Jamie Nails. The sixth Dolphin selected joining the 5 defensive players is RB Ricky Williams. Williams is the first Dolphin RB since 1982 (Andra Franklin) to be elected to play in the pro bowl, and the first in a non-strike season since 1978 (Delvin Williams).

Dolphins trade for RB Ricky Williams (3/11/02)

The Dolphins completed one of the biggest trades in franchise history. The Dolphins will get star RB Ricky Williams from the New Orleans Saints and exchange 4th round picks for Miami's first round choice this year and a conditional 3rd round pick that could turn to be a 2nd rounder if Williams rushes for 1,200 yards and a 1st rounder if Williams cracks the 1,500 yard mark. Williams was the 5th overall pick in 1999 and the Saints traded their entire draft to land him.
Williams finished college as the NCAA all time leading rusher. He rushed for more than 1,200 yards last year to go with 60 receptions for more than 500 yards. He has averaged over 1,000 per season in his 3 seasons in the NFL even though he was injured for a few games. He has back to back 1,000 yard seasons.
Williams is, by far, the best RB the Dolphins had since Larry Csonka played for the Dolphins in the 1970s.

Dolphins re-sign Marion, sign Chester, Searcy,
lose Mixon, Walker

The Dolphins re-signed S Brock Marion to a 5 year deal worth about 10 million dollars. Marion led the team with 5 INTs last year (returning 2 for TDs) and was third on the team with 97 tackles. Marion received some interest from other teams and was scheduled to visit Detroit. Marion, a 2000 pro bowl selection, has 10 INTs in the last 2 seasons has indicated he wants to stay in Miami and finish his career as a Dolphin. Marion is the leader of the secondary which was ranked number 1 last season in pass defense.
The Dolphins also signed former Raven T Leon Searcy. Searcy will be moved to guard and he will compete with Todd Perry for the RG starting position. The 10 year veteran has been a pro bowl performer as a RT 2 years ago but injuries have prevented him for playing since.
DT Chester was signed away from the Carolina Panthers. He is supposed to start at DT with Darryl Gardener moving outside to play DE for DE Kenny Mixon.
S Brian Walker was lost to the Detroit Lions and DE Mixon signed with the Minnesota Vikings (5 year 17 million deal).

Dolphins sign Norv Turner as O-Coordinator (2/6/02)

The Miami Dolphins announced the signing of Norv Turner as their new Assistant head coach and Offensive Coordinator. Turner served as Washingtom Redskins head coach for almost 7 years (49-59-1). Turner was the O-Coordiantor last year with the Dan Diego Chargers. He resigned his post after the Chargers named Marty Schottenheimer as their new head coach. Turner was also a candidate for the Buccs head coaching vacancy. Turner worked with Wannstedt in Dallas when both were coordiantors under former Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson establishing their superbowl teams. Turner, considered by many a great offensive coach, signed a 3 year deal for an undisclosed amount. He can opt out of the contract for a head coaching job elsewhere, just like former O-coordinator Chan Gailey did when he became head coach of Georgia Tech.

Gardener out for season (11/23/01)

Daryl Gardener is out for the season and he will undergo back surgery this week. Gardener is having problems with his back the last couple of years and he missed 6 weeks last year with back problems. He is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Jermaine Haley.

Dolphins lose close pre season game (8/26/01)

The Dolphins lost to the Green bay Packers 17-12 in their 4th pre-season game. Miami's starters played through the 3rd quarter. The Dolphins were unable to get in the endzone and it seemed as if the starters took a step back from last week's game. Coach Wannstedt didn't see Miami's inablity to score a TD as a warning sign. The Dolphins were without DT Darryl Gardener, S Brian Walker, CB Patrick Surtain, WR Oronde Gadsden and DT Tim Bowens. All are expected to be ready for the season opener against the Titans. Miami's WRs are so banged up that WR Robert Baker who could be cut before the season opener served as the 4th WR. WR Jeff Ogden who is seldom used as a WR was Miami's 3rd WR and rookie Chris Chambers started opposite James McKnight. Fiedler wasn't as sharp as in his previous games but he did finish the game with an OK stat line. He did throw one bad pass that was picked off.

The Dolphins will play the Vikings next Friday, but in that game most of the second and third teamers will have a bigger role as coach Wannstedt will try to keep the starters fresh for the season opener.

The Dolphins must get to a 68 men roster from the current 81 men roster by Tuesday. Every NFL team can carry 53 men on their regular season roster with 45 of them active for every game (the 3rd QB is inactive but can come in when the first 2 QBs get injured - but then the first QB can't get back in).

Dolphins trade for McNown (8/22/01)

The Dolphins finally managed to trade for Bears QB Cade McNown. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but sources around the team say it's a future low round pick (could be 6th or 7th) in next year's draft or even in 2003. ESPN reported that it could even be a conditiobal pick. McNown, the 12th overall choice in the 1998 draft had a couple of bad years in Chicgo and both the coaches and teamates didn't get along with him.
Miami is getting a talented player for almost nothing in return. His base salary is under 400,000, so it's pretty much a no lose situation. He won't count much against the salary cap. However one Dolphin could lose his job because of the trade. There is a good chance that the team will carry 4 QBs into the regular season, meaning 4 QBs count towards the 53 man roster so another player must go in order to make room for McNown. The Dolphins have fierce competition for spots in the defensive line and secondary between some good players.
Miami has already tried that year-long-audition trick with former 49ers first rounder Jim Druckenmiller but later cut him. Druckenmiller never played for the Dolphins in a real game. QB Jay Fiedler can opt out of his contract after this season and McNown won't play in 2002 but will have a year to audition for one of Miami's top two QBs spots.

Is the big play here to stay ?! (8/20/01)

The Dolphins lost their third pre season game in overtime to the Chargers 23-20. It really doesn't matter, what matters is the Dolphins showed their big play ability. Something the Dolphins didn't have in years. Fiedler had a very effective night completing 9 of 10 for 130+ yards 2 TDs and an INT. Fiedler connected with free agent WR James McKnight for a 72 yard play and QB Ray Lucas hook up with rookie WR Chris Chambers for a 41 yard pass play. Granted, the Chargers do give up many big plays, but it's still something. The Dolphin first teamers outplayed their Charger counteparts and looked pretty good. No major injuries is a huge plus in those meaningless pre season games. The Dolphins obviously have more speed at the wide receiver position with McKnight, Chambers and Ward, but, will it translate into big plays in real game action ? Can the Dolphins have enough big plays to score fast and open things up for the running game ? Will the Dolphins strike enough fear in the opponets in order to prevent 8 man fronts ? In short, is the big play here to stay ? - Only time will tell.

Good result - Phins lose pre season opener,
no serious injuries

The Dolphins accomplished the most important objective in any pre season game. That is getting by the game without any serious injuries. Taylor, JJ Johnson and Lucas got injured but their injuries are not serious.
As for the game the Dolphins lost 17-10. Fiedler played 2 drives and completed 4 of 5 but with one bad INT. Lucas was OK and so was Quinn. The most important thing is that Springgs was OK and Ben Kelly, starting for the injured Surtain, played well. WR Chris Chambers had 2 receptions and I thought he played well, because in the pre draft reports he was supposed to be a guy that drops the ball a lot and he made 2 droppable receptions. I think he will be fine.
Mixon and Bromell will try to replace the departed Trace Armstrong in pass rush situations. They got a sack a piece.
OLB Twann Russel stareted at OLB and played OK but Scott Galyon played pretty well as well. This battle for the starting position between those two and rookie LB Morlon Greenwood will not be decided untill the regular season.
Mare connected on a 45 yarder and was short from 54. He did have a face mask TD saving tackle on a kickoff return P Turk averaged just over 40 yards a kick.
As for the running game. Smith looked like he was ready to go for the regular season running hard and dragging tacklers. He finished with 7 rushes for 21 yards and a TD. Rookie RB Minor saw a lot of action and managed 35 yards on 9 carries. He did show some flashes of cutting ability but that could also translate into too much dancing John-Avery-style. Denson was nothing to write home about.
CB Jamar Fletcher didn't do anything worth mentioning, He's still a wait-and-see. S Arturo Freeman didn't have a very good game. Wooden was OK. If Surtain manages to get back for the season opener Miami should be fine in the defensive backfield.
Miami will play Tampa bay next Sunday in its second of 5 pre season games.

Brent Smith out for season, Surtain and Ward injured (8/5/01)

Starting LT Brent Smith was injured in training camp and he was put on injured reserve. That means he is out for the season and can not play in 2001. T Marcus Springgs, the free agent acquisition from Buffalo will probably take his place. If Springgs can not handle the load, the Dolphins will probably look for a free agent guard and move LG Mark Dixon to the tackle spot.
WR Dedric Ward hurt his knee and he is scheduled to miss 4-6 games. He could be back by week 2 of the regular season against the Bills. That said, missing training camp will hurt him because he is new to the team and the injury will prevent him from establishing some kind of rhythm with QB Jay Fielder. Rookie WR Chris Chambers will be the third WR.
Perhaps the worst news is that CB Patrick Surtain will mis 4 weeks and he should be back for the second game of the season. The Dolphins kickoff the season against the Titans, they aren't known for their passing ability but nonetheless missing Surtain could hurt Miami. With Surtain the Dolphins can put Madison and Surtain on an island with the Titans' receivers and concentrate on stopping RB Eddie George. The injury will give first round pick Jamar Fletcher and second year corner Ben Kelly extended practice time and that could have a positive effect in the long run.

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