DOLPHINS: Porter Problem
Randy.Salas at startribune.com
Mon Nov 24 21:54:41 GMT 2008
I'm curious to hear about this from those who know more than I do: Would the Dolphins really miss Joey Porter?
I ask because, while he is on a mad tear for sacks, does he do much else (besides jabber)? He strikes me as one-dimensional, but maybe that's just my lack of knowledge.
I ask this in the same spirit of what the team lost when it parted with, say, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas. Taylor also was a sack machine, but he was lousy against the run. Thomas made lots of tackles, but they always seemed to come a few yards after initial contact and he was an average rusher and coverer. Getting rid of such highly one-dimensional players allows other more well-rounded players to contribute. (For example, Greg Camarillo might not be the greatest receiver in any one category, but he is above average in all of them.)
Or is the fact that, like Taylor, teams have to account for Joey in their game planning (he was double-teamed most of yesterday) coupled with that distraction and redirection of resources what make him valuable?
I might need Rick's asbestos suit after this, but I'm largely playing devil's advocate here.
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