The Denver Broncos travel to Miami to play the winless Dolphins. The Broncos have lost their last three in a row, but have high hopes for getting things back on track this week.
To go deeper into the treacherous Miami waters and to get to know the Dolphins, I asked Brain Miller of Phin Phanatic about the team that he knows inside and out. Brian took the time out to answer some questions about Tim Tebow stepping on his “home turf” for his first start of the year, the Dolphins running game, and why the team remains winless.
Let’s go inside the Villain’s Venue with Brian Miller of Phin Phanatic.
The Dolphins kept Tony Sparano around through the bye week and then they lost big time to the Jets on Monday Night. Is their game plan for the rest of the 2011 to “Suck for Luck?‘
I hope so….LOL. Sparano actually is only part of a bigger problem. It would take hours to digest it all but if your readers are interested I did a breakdown of all the blame on Phinphanatic.com. Sparano is a lame duck coach right now but the options for owner Stephen Ross are limited. Mike Nolan the defensive coordinator can’t put a complete gameplan together or Brian Daboll the OC who is too young to be an OC? There is assistant coach Todd Bowles but he offers nothing special. The reality is that Sparano should finish the season and then the team should move on.
Who will really have home field advantage? The Dolphins or the Broncos with Tim Tebow?
This game is a black eye on the south Florida fan base. The entire “Gator appreciation” day blew up in the CEO’s face when Tim Tebow was named the starting QB. There are going to be a lot more Gator fans at that game than Miami fans, the question is are they fans of both or just the Gators? Either way, Tebow will have a large contingent rooting for him come Sunday.
Running back Daniel Thomas has turned things on in the last 3 games. Do you think him combined with Reggie Bush can form one of the best backfields in the league?
Yes actually I think they could, the problem is that neither Sparano or Daboll know how to do that. Reggie Bush is being majorly underutilized in the Miami offense. Instead of trying to get him into one on one situations with the LB’s they are running him up the middle, something he is not built to do. Frankly, I don’t know if either of the coaches have a clue as to what they are doing, and it shows in their 0-5 record. All that being said, it appears that Daniel Thomas could be a special running back in this league.
What has been the Dolphins biggest weak spot all season?
Take your pick. They get no pressure from the defensive line who still has no sacks on the season, they get poor play from their defensive ends and LB’s and their secondary is abysmal. That’s the good news. The bad news is that despite their defensive problems, the offensive line is one of the worst in the league. Mike Pouncey the Dolphins top pick and starting center is ranked the 2nd best performer at his position in the league and at LT the Dolphins have perennial Pro-Bowler Jake Long. Unfortunately the talent ends there.
Your prediction for Sunday’s game?
The Dolphins need to lose to Denver if they want a shot at Andrew Luck so that means that the Dolphins will win. Seriously though, I think it’s time Miami finally pulls out a victory in spite of the Gator appreciation fans. Of course Tebow does work magic. Dolphins 21 – Broncos 10.
A big thanks to Brian for answering these questions.
Be sure to tune into Brian’s radio show tonight over at Fins Radio. I will be going on the show to fill in Dolphins’ fans on the Broncos season, so make sue to tune in at 7:00 pm ET.