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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Miami Dolphins Preview 2004

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TRD

posted on Sep, 12 2004 @ 04:37 PM
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One minute, the Dolphins are a sure contender. The next minute, they're sprawling towards the cellar of the AFC and can't get out. Two losses can be attributed to that, one being the crazy off-season story of RB Ricky Williams. Though he is only 27-years-old, and has already established himself as one of the premier running backs in the league, Williams decided to retire, citing he "wanted to travel around the world."
 

Weeks later, it was reported Williams wanted to come back, but the Dolphins won't be accepting him anytime soon, after he ditched them before training camp, and not to mention the multiple drug tests he failed. The Dolphins will also be without big-name-signing WR David Boston, who is out for the year with an injured tendon in his left knee. Still, the Dolphins are trying. To replace Boston, the Dolphins collected WR Marty Booker from the Bears via trade, as he will line up alongside another solid receiver in Chris Chambers. They also sport a very good defense, allowing only 16.3 PPG last year (2nd in the AFC), but with no running game, nor a good starting QB, Miami has just too much to overcome.

Football About.com

The Insider.com

Star Power: DE Jason Taylor, CB Sam Madison, CB Patrick Surtain, MLB Zach Thomas, WR Chris Chambers.

Notable Additions: WR David Boston (trade - San Diego), WR Marty Booker (trade - Chicago), QB A.J. Feeley (trade - Philadelphia), CB Reggie Howard (FA - Carolina), OT Damion McIntosh (FA - San Diego), OT John St. Clair (FA - St. Louis), OG Jeno James (FA - Carolina), S Antuan Edwards (FA - Green Bay).

Notable Subtractions: RB Ricky Williams (retired), WR David Boston (knee surgery, lost for season), DE Adewale Ogunleye (trade - Chicago), S Brock Marion (FA - Detroit).

Jay Fiedler's (2138 passing yards, 11 TD, 13 INT) reign as the starting quarterback in Miami could be over after four seasons, following the Dolphins' acquisition of former Eagles backup A.J. Feeley (1011 passing yards, 6 TD, 5 INT in Philadelphia) in the offseason. Feeley has far less experience than Fiedler, but looked good in leading Philadelphia to a 4-1 record in his starts last year. Sage Rosenfels threw a touchdown pass in mop-up time against Tennessee last season, and represents an above-average No. 3 signal-caller. The loss of Williams was a tremendous blow to this football team. He was never a clubhouse leader, but he was the workhorse on offense, and without him, players are going to be forced into unfamiliar roles. Unless the Dolphins make a move before the season begins, it appears Travis Minor will take over starting duties. Minor is elusive and has the speed to get to the outside, but he lacks the size to pound the ball up the middle, the way the Dolphins used Williams, and is a better fit as a third-down back. Sammy Morris has the size and has looked somewhat impressive in training camp, but he lacks the explosiveness to get to the next level and appears to be more effective when used in spot duty. He is probably better suited for the backup role. No. 3 back Leonard Henry could see more time in short-yardage and goal-line situations in Williams absence.

Miami had hoped the addition of Boston would draw some double teams away from Chris Chambers, but now it appears Chambers will continue to be the focus of opposing secondaries this season. He has good speed and athleticism to go along with a great pair of hands, but he doesn't go across the middle as well as Boston and he has had some problems staying healthy. Derrius Thompson, who was disappointing last year, will move back into a starting role where he managed just 26 receptions. To further complicate things, Kendall Newson, who appeared to have the inside track to fill the slot, suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the Dolphins first preseason game. And all that is remaining behind him on the bench is Terrence Wilkins, who didn't play in 2003, to go along with the inexperienced Sam Simmons and J.R. Tolver, which is why the Dolphins recently signed veteran Antonio Freeman. The 32-year-old receiver will likely bring some relief to this ravaged corps, but he is far beyond his prime and has posted just 60 receptions over the past two years. Randy McMichael is scheduled to start again at tight end this season, and he has great receiving skills, but off-field issues could cause him to miss some playing time. Donald Lee, who is a decent blocker with the potential to be a quality receiver, is penciled in at No. 2.

The situation appears bleak in Miami. Even before Williams bolted and Boston got hurt, Wannstedt had serious questions to answer at quarterback and on the line of an offense that was 24th in the NFL a season ago. Without Williams and Boston, that rank could slip even lower. A defense that carried the club to 10 wins last season simply can't be counted on to do the same, especially when the offense's troubles will be keeping it on the field a lot. If Miami finishes .500 or better, Wannstedt will have worked a miracle, and he should be able to keep his job another year.

[Edited on 13/9/04 by TRD]




posted on Sep, 12 2004 @ 10:19 PM
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"Team turmoil" They've already lost the season opener. Look for the losses to mount, as Wannstedt is already fumbling the QB situation (although he has probably installed the guy with more talent now) Lack of a running game and inconistent receivers. The defense is thier only hope this year.


TRD

posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 03:29 PM
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Losing David Boston for the season was a big blow to them.



posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 08:24 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
Losing David Boston for the season was a big blow to them.

Not nearly as big as losing Williams righ before training camp, though. Wannstedt is gone, maybe before the end of the season.



posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:48 PM
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Team turmiol.

When does the draft start?


TRD

posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:25 PM
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The Miami Dolphins were finally able to celebrate on Sunday after ending their losing steak, beating the St Louis Rams 31-14 to become the last NFL team to earn a victory this season.

Off to their worst start in club history, the Dolphins' offence was the primary reason and they entered this contest averaging an embarrassing 9.2 points per game.

But they struck form on Sunday, scoring four offensive touchdowns to match their total from the first six games.


TRD

posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 04:01 PM
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The Dolphins' Sammy Morris rushes for an 8-yard touchdown run against the Rams.



posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 07:19 PM
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Amazing they won, but what more this season? Not much, say I...


TRD

posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 03:44 PM
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tim Bowens, who played in just two games this year because of a back injury, went on injured reserve Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.

Bowens sat out the first five games with a herniated disc. He started the past two games, but left Sunday's victory over St. Louis with a recurrence of the injury, and the Dolphins decided to place him on injured reserve.







 
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