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Thread: Speilman Progress Report and his "needle in the haystack deal"

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    Speilman Progress Report and his "needle in the haystack deal"

    I am somewhat surprised at the people who have praised Speilman’s and Wanny’s performance to date. The latest chapter being the laudatory praise being heaped on Speilman by people on this board for the Wally/Booker trade. Does anyone remember that Booker had an off-season last year and he is a receiver coming off of a knee injury? A little bit of a gamble maybe? I have read all the scenarios that say Wally was not going to play for us and we had to get rid of him etc. etc. but this deal is a big gamble, just like a good number of Speilman’s moves Feeley (no proven track record), McIntosh (injury), Boston (attitude – although this seemed to be working out before he got injured).

    Point is Speilman strikes me as the type of guy who tries to make what I like to call the “needle in the haystack” deal. Find that jewel that nobody else knows about for great value. The concept is great but translating that into reality seems to be a problem, e.g. see performance of Feeley to date.

    I do not think it is appropriate to send Speilman to the wolves at this point, it is too early. However, I watched that preseason game against the Redskins and I simply cannot imagine how anyone can praise anyone on this team from management to players for that performance as it relates to the offensive side of the ball. It was beyond pathetic. Feeley and Feidler look equally inept. Our offensive line looked inept as did our running backs. Mind you this was a Redskin team who left a number of defensive starters in Washington.

    We still have a way to go and things may change, but to date the progress report for Speilman and Wanny relating to moves and coaching as they affect the offensive side of the ball is either Poor or Incomplete.

    Think about it:

    1) Offensive line is in disarray (Read that Wade Smith is also playing poorly) and this is the key to the team
    2) No running backs (Please note that Wanny said after the Skins game that we will not be a passing team)
    3) Which leads me to the fact that we cannot even get consistently average play from our QB’s
    4) Fiasco with the offensive coordinators

    We may or may not want to face it as fans but our offense is in serious trouble and we have only two preseason games left. I know Ricky Williams (Jerk) leaving and Boston’s injury are not the management’s fault, however, one thing that was in their control was rebuilding the o-line and to date it has bee a nightmare (other than the pick-up and play of Jeno James).
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    So just become a Jets fan why dont you? the whole world is set to put Spielman and Wanny to the cross. so be it. I dont here anyone saying what tehy would realistically would have done and if they did, alot of people would still not be happy. I think everyone is just too damn selfish, just like Ricky.
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    If Huizenga doesn't realize that he REALLY has the WORST possible people in the front office for the Dolphins, and what a HORRENDOUS job they are doing, we are going into a serious nose-dive here and the future could really look disgusting! WE are getting WOrse by the year!!! Ok...Ricky wasn't Dave's fault, but did they plan fora possible Ricky injury??(which is the same crap as retiring for us) D. Boston isn't their fault, but did they account for that possible injury?? Why the hell did they give up the extra pick when going for Carey (who was already going to be a reach)if they're not even putting him in there and he's not beating anyone out of anywhere? We're gonna be the Chargers in afew years if Wayne doesn't make some changes this year.
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    I say keep Rick but fire Dave and promote Trestman to temp HC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alxphins
    However, I watched that preseason game against the Redskins and I simply cannot imagine how anyone can praise anyone on this team from management to players for that performance as it relates to the offensive side of the ball. It was beyond pathetic. Feeley and Feidler look equally inept. Our offensive line looked inept as did our running backs. Mind you this was a Redskin team who left a number of defensive starters in Washington.

    We still have a way to go and things may change, but to date the progress report for Speilman and Wanny relating to moves and coaching as they affect the offensive side of the ball is either Poor or Incomplete.
    Yea, but these guys are looking great in practice. Alot of people get over hyped from reports coming out of practice. Last year people had everyone believing Thompson was making plays all over the field. However what you do in practice does not matter if you cannot duplicate it in game situations.

    Practice is just that practice.

    Also people put way too much stock in preseason games. Yes Miami has looked inept in both games, but they are trying to find out what will work and what will not. The Washington game. It was obvious that Gibbs game planned for this game. His team had been embarrassing for their first two games and he needed to make sure they had something positive to build on.


    Miami is in for a long season. Especially after DW comments the other day.
    That proves what some already believe. Why go out and get Booker when your head coach is telling everyone. "If we cannot run the ball, then we surely will not pass it." WRs are an after thought to DW. Its play defense and run the ball. Bookers talent will most likely be wasted with this head coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alxphins
    Does anyone remember that Booker had an off-season last year and he is a receiver coming off of a knee injury?
    No. And neither should you. He had an ankle injury and finished the season strong.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alxphins
    Point is Speilman strikes me as the type of guy who tries to make what I like to call the “needle in the haystack” deal. Find that jewel that nobody else knows about for great value.
    Booker is a two time pro bowler!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alxphins
    I do not think it is appropriate to send Speilman to the wolves at this point, it is too early. However, I watched that preseason game against the Redskins and I simply cannot imagine how anyone can praise anyone on this team from management to players for that performance as it relates to the offensive side of the ball. It was beyond pathetic.
    Hence the need to add players on offense.
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    Not many teams have the luxury of having good backups to starters. That's just the way of the league. Miami "planned" for these guys to start. They have to go with what they have NOW.

    I totally agree with original poster's comments. This is by far the nuttiest off/preseason I've seen from ANY team.
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    I hate pre-season.
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    Plus dont forget, The dolphins are bumping the cap and dont have the high draft picks or time to really groom a star or sign a superstar without some issues. I think speilman has done a good job working under the fact that most teams know what we need and somewhat have us over a barrell. If boston stayed healthy he would have been a great move(still maybe a good move). Wale was not signing with us and we still managed to get a pro bowl receiver and a high draft pick. I agree Feely may have been a stretch but that still remains to be seen but to me that gives him a grade of a B for the offseason moves. Just remember if Ricky didnt retire and D.BO didnt get injured that we were looking at a possibly powerhouse offense, easily the most talented in the AFC east.
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    No. And neither should you. He had an ankle injury and finished the season strong.

    Quote from Herald Article:

    "However, between the revolving-door situation at quarterback and a knee injury that cost him three games, the 6-foot, 212-pound Booker slumped to 52 catches last season."

    Booker is a two time pro bowler!

    I am not saying he cannot be a pro-bowler again, but as far as I can tell to date we do not have an o-line that can pass protect and we do not have a qb to throw it to him.

    Hence the need to add players on offense.[/QUOTE]

    My point exactly. But I think you get what you pay for.


    One last point. Let me be clear I think management has done a great job on the defensive side of the ball, but I am afraid that effort will be wasted.
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