So outside of Cam Cameron using only 20 percent of his plays during pre-season and Trent Green being named the starter for the season, the other big news of the day is that the starting running back position is not yet settled. It's also here. And here.
Everyone just needs to calm the hell down. Ronnie Brown is going to be the starter this season.
Despite having an offensive line made up of Rex Hadnot, Buddy Hackett and the guy who played Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs last year (it’s true. look it up.), Brown still managed to finish the season with 1,008 yards and 5 TDs. And he also missed some time with a fluky injury.
He ran for 157 yards against the stout Chicago Bears defense last year.
He averages well over 4 yards a carry.
He is very capable of having a 1,300 yard, double-digit TD season if he can get competent offensive linemen and a quarterback and a wide receiver and a tight end who, you know, know how to play the game of American rules football.
There is no other back on the Dolphins roster that combines his size and pass catching abilities.
And for those of you who keep harping on that Brown is a first-round bust, please keep in mind that he’s had Chris Butter Fingers Chambers and Randy Smeared In Vaseline McMichael catching passes from Gus Headbangin Frerote, Daunte Peg-Leg Culpepper and Joey Blueskies Harrington.
In other words: the offensive line and the passing game has sucked ass ever since Ronnie was drafted. Larry Johnson is a great back. But he’s had one of the best offensive lines in the league to run behind. Ditto LaDanian Tomlinson. Shaun Alexander has probably the best offensive lineman in the league in Walter Jones blowing up defensive tackles and linebackers for him.
Jesse Chatman is good. I like him a lot. But Jesse Chatman is not going to win the starting job. Not unless Cameron has something up his sleeve (like a trade in the works, but that is highly unlikely).
I think Cameron is just giving us a little Coachspeak. And we’re all freaking out just a tad. It’s fodder for August – the absolute worst month for sports.
Come September, Ronnie Brown is going to be the starting running back for your Miami Dolphins. If not, then I’m moving to Sarasota and becoming a Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Because they have the adorable Jon Gruden. And they have a cannon in their stadium and I like when things explode. And their old logo had a gay pirate on it. And they have Jeff Garcia. And his wife is hot. And he looks like Golem. And I look like Ricardo Maltoban circa 1965. So the odds are clearly in my favor.