A Huge Disconnect with the Dolphins?

23 Mar

“I’ve told Tony that, to me, I want an aggressive, creative offense, not playing just to keep it close, where people really are a little more unpredictable. So, I think I look for a different brand, seeing the Dolphins how fans want to see it, and how we win, going downfield, in the days of Dan Marino, the days we all want to go back to.” – Dolphins Owner Stephen “Crazylegs” Ross, in January.

Two months later we’ve imported the master of the “Peyton Hillis Ground and Pound”, and architect of the lowest scoring offense in the AFC last year. Tony Sparano is already saying that we’re going to be a run-first offense, since that is what’s in his DNA.

Doesn’t seem like a recipe for the most harmonious relationship we’ve ever seen, now does it? Is Tony downplaying offensive changes in the hopes that we can blindside teams when the season starts? Are he and Daboll secretly going to unleash an innovative, big play, unpredictable offense come fall?

This sounds like something very different than what the check-cutter wants. Has Tony been given just enough leeway to go down swinging “his way”? Could Sparano really have come within an inch of the unemployment line, only to return with the exact same philosophy in 2011?

It’s going to be an interesting fall, assuming there’s even pro football to be played.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose


4 Responses to “A Huge Disconnect with the Dolphins?”

  1. Nando March 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    It troubles me that Tony Sparano, a former Offensive lineman, as head coach would keep changing the offensive line all last year when everyone knows the offensive line, as a uni,t needs continuity to gel and that they had a sub par performance even while adding players that were suppose to be an up grade.

    • Dan Ewen March 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      Amazing that we were #4 in the NFL in rushing season before last. Hopefully we can get mean again on the OL. I like Incognito at center.

  2. markeyh March 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    If you look at the teams in the Playoffs and at least half of them play the style of football Miami does run first teams with a strong defense and a good running game…

    So it would be foolish for Tony to all of a sudden go away from that. In fact Miami is so similar to the Steelers, Ravens, Bears and Jets (one game away from the SB again)

    So all this stupid wishing that they all of a sudden become some West Coast Style offense when it’s obvious they don’t even have the personnel to do that let alone the style of offense in place and coaches who coach that style. It also boggles my mind that many want to go after WCO QB’s like Kolb, McNabb, and Matt Flynn just further shows the disconnect many are when it comes to the Dolphins.

    • Dan Ewen March 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      It’s just interesting, ’cause the picture Ross painted is so different than what the hires and interviews have conveyed so far. You can win the way Sparano wants to win, but even the teams you named scored through the air. Flacco, Sanchez, Cutler, Big Ben. Gotta make your throws count even more.

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