mroz66 at comcast.net
Thu Oct 15 16:47:33 GMT 2009
Thanks... you know the sad part for me was that as I wrote that last night I
was thinking about "Rick AOD" and was wishing he was around to see this
years version of the Fins. I never meet the man but we are like an extended
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Fischer" <thebigfish at smunet.net>
To: "Miami Dolphins Discussion" <dolphins-disc at phins.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:33 AM
Subject: Re: DOLPHINS: Hope
> Well said, Rick.
> As a old timer that was there for the glory years, I was influenced by
> both the Dolphins and what my father taught me. Since he was a lineman in
> college, line play has always been the thing I've paid attention to when
> it came to judging
> our chances at being a super bowl contender. He played in the day of the
> single wing.
> I knew this year would be a stretch to equal last year's success, but I
> was and am looking at one thing: Are we making progress? The record was
> less important to me. I also knew the chances of Chad Pennington playing
> full seasons back to back wasn't going to be real high. Chad's not been
> blessed throughout his career that way. So, if we didn't make the
> playoffs this year, I didn't and don't care - what I cared about was
> In other words, the injury to Chad Pennington was a blessing in disguise.
> This way, Chad Henne gets the season to learn. Considering everything, a
> 8-8 or 9-7 season for me is a big success. We may not make the playoffs,
> but if Henne gets 12 games under his belt, and is successful, then we go
> into next year with the QB position in very good shape, one more draft,
> and a record that won't dictate we play all of the division champs like
> we are this
> year. Next year we make the run.
> I loved the pundits saying that teams won't spend time with the WildCat.
> IF you're a defensive coordinator, you're going to practice against it
> how? The 'Cat isn't a fad, but another option that the Dolphins have
> taken to the next
> Probably the most fun with the Dolphins of the early 70's wasn't the 17-0
> run, it was watching them get to the point where they could do it. That
> is exactly where we're at right now.
> One last thing, my son has Madden on his laptop. We play it together.
> He's 14. One of his classmates has challenged him on Madden, but wants to
> be able to use Ricky on his team. My son agreed - as long as he could use
> Csonka on his team.
> My Dad would laugh. As good as Ricky is, my son wants to ground pound the
> other kid... Could you imagine Ronnie and Larry in the same backfield?
> On Oct 15, 2009, at 12:48 AM, Rick wrote:
>> I have been a Dolphins fan as long as I have known what football is.
>> There have been times during all these years that I have felt good about
>> the direction of our team. It seems recently that that feeling has been
>> too far and between.
>> I viewed last season as the start of a turn around but was not sure what
>> to really think of Parcells, Ireland and Sparano. Going into this season
>> I figured the team was going to be similar to last years team because I
>> didn't think they did enough to upgrade the teams weaknesses and a much
>> tougher schedule.
>> I still think we are a year or so away from being true super bowl
>> contenders BUT for the first time in about 15 years I feel this team is
>> headed in the right direction.
>> We have a great OL (something I have always harped about) with some good
>> (I think) talent waiting in the wings. Ronnie Brown is young enough that
>> we don't need to worry about the RB position for a few years.
>> On defense we have a very good and very young DL with the likes of
>> Merling, Langford, Starks and Soliai. In the defensive backfield we have
>> Davis and Smith who I believe are the future at CB. And a bright future
>> at that.
>> With all that being said the one thing that really put it all together
>> for me this week was the play of Chad Henne. I for the first time since
>> Marino retired finally feel like we have some hope at the QB position. I
>> know it has only been a couple of games but he just shows the poise <sp>
>> we have been lacking at that position for so very long and the physical
>> skills to play the position.
>> I see the front office addressing our short comings this off season. And
>> as the younger player mature and we add those missing players I see the
>> Dolphins becoming true super bowl contenders for the first time in way
>> too long.
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