A pretty funny thing happened this morning while I was driving home from practice. Listening to a conversation between WR Edmund Gates and Jorge Sedano (host of the "SedanoShow" on 790 the Ticket) I couldn't help but overhear the bizzarre answer Gates had for Sedano's question.Sedano: "So Edmund, when you think of the Miami Dolphins, what comes to mind?" Edmund: "Well obviously when I think Miami I think of Marino, Ricky, and Ginn"
Woah! What? Did he really say Ginn? I understand the similarities between the two in speed and agility, but it is still a mind bottling thing to think about. When I think of cats I think of Ginn, when I think of Draft busts I think of Ginn, and when I think of bad Miami Dolphin's I think of Ginn. Which gets me thinking, who are the worst Dolphins, not in history, but in the past decade? (coaches included)
Well, let's take a look.
10. Nick Saban: On January 3, 2007, Saban announced that he had accepted a contract for eight years and a guaranteed $32 million to coach at the University of Alabama. Saban left despite making several public statements in the preceding weeks assuring fans and owner Wayne Huizenga that he would be staying on as coach. His drafts and coaching decisions off the field were at all times questionable, most notably, his Daunte Culpepper decision. Nick Saban quit on his team, and worst of all he quit on Miami. Unfortunately what came after him was even worse.
9. Samson Satele: Although Satele's overall performance with the Dolphins wasn't bad, their was no way we would be able to win when the nose tackles of the AFC East ate up our quarterbacks like it was their lunch break. The Jets’ Kris Jenkins and the Patriots’ Vince Wilfork are the types of players who can take over games when faced with the right matchup, and Satele was one of those matchups last year.In the 16 POA runs Satele had against Jenkins, Dolphins runners gained only 48 yards (3.0 YPA). Satele also lost three of those battles, so his POA win percentage was only 81.3%, or just slightly higher than his overall mark. That sounds good, but it is also skewed by the fact that Satele received double-team help against Jenkins 11 times. He lost two of the five single-block POA runs, and it was probably that 60.0% POA win total that told the Dolphins that they needed to make a move. The numbers were even worse for Satele against Wilfork. Now let's see what Pouncey can bring to the table.
8. Jason Allen: During his pseudo-debut as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Nick Saban drafted Tennessee's safety Jason Allen with the 16th overall pick in the 2006 draft.The pick made plenty of sense at the time. Allen's career got off to a rocky start however. He became entrenched in a holdout that lasted into the 2006 regular season, and he never caught on once he signed. Allen's career is sort of the symbol of Nick Saban's infamous stint. He was annually torched week in and week out, but is no longer the subject of fans' frustration.
7. John Beck: Before we get to the first round pick of the 2007 draft, let's get to the second round pick. John Beck "The mormon" out of BYU. After a couple of injuries and bad games from Cleo Lemon, Cam Cameron announced that John Beck would start against the Eagles, and it couldn't have turned out worst. Beck and the Dolphins lost to the Eagles 17-7, failing to score on offense. In the game, Beck went just 9-for-22 (40.9%) for 109 yards and rushed twice for three yards. Honestly, I would rather have Stevie Wonder as Quarterback.
6. Gibril Wilson: Might be considered as one of the worst FS in Dolphins history. He could'nt keep up, he was getting burnt at all directions, and it seemed as if every big play given up was on him. His 6' 205 lb. demeanor had him miss more than 27 tackles in the 2010 season.
5. Dan Henning:Henning failed to grasp the concept of change on all levels. His use of plays seemed to dictate more of a desire to put undue pressure on the offensive players than on a creative game plan.Rather than calling plays which exploit the secondary, Henning instead tried to run the ball up the gut challenging the strengths of the opposition instead of exploiting their weaknesses,which carried on through most games. His ineffective play calling had Dolfans all over the world pulling out their hair in frustration, and all I can say is "he's gone."
4. Cam Cameron:His 2007 Dolphins lost 13 consecutive games to start the season, before beating the Baltimore Ravens in overtime on December 16 for their first and only win. The Dolphins ended the 2007 season in last place in the AFC East with a 1-15 record, the worst record in the NFL that year and the worst in the team's 40-year history. On January 3, 2008, newly hired general manager Jeff Ireland announced Cameron had been fired along with most of his staff. Cam Cameron will now and forever be known as "the worst coach in the history of the Miami Dolphins."
3. Daunte Culpepper: Every time I mention Culpepper some annoying fan has to come up and say "We shouldve gotten brees!!" Well, of course we should have gotten Brees!, but honestly we just had to work with what we got, and what we got was absolutely nothing. Nick Saban noticed Culpepper having trouble in practice due to a nagging bruised shoulder injury and decided to rest Culpepper up a couple of practices. On that Friday's practice Culpepper and Saban got into a loud, heated argument during practice. Saban had decided to bench Daunte until his shoulder recovered and he got more of the mobility back that he lost due to his knee injury. So, all in all, Culpepper was one of Miami's biggest trade busts of all time.
2. Ted Ginn Jr.: Some of you may be saying to yourself "He should be number 1, he sucks more than a vacuum." As much as I agree, the number 1 spot is reserved for someone very special, but for now let's continue. Drafted 9th overall in the 2007 draft, Ginn looked to be the spark plug we desperately needed on our offense and special teams. Unfortunately he was neither. Every time he touched a ball it seemed as if he was possessed to get out of bounds. Ginn played as if he was watching a horror film, scared! His constant lack of efficiency had everyone annoyed and frustrated. If he didn't want to get tackled he might as well had been playing soccer. Ginn totaled a "whopping" 5 receiving touchdowns in 3 years with the fins, and I speak on behalf of every Dolfan when I say "You won't be missed (insert derogatory term here)"
1. Pat White:The Dolphins had big expectations when they drafted White 44th overall out of West Virginia in 2009. He was a dual-threat quarterback, brought in to augment their chic Wildcat offense. Only he wasn't a strong enough runner or an accurate enough passer in the NFL. White played 13 games his rookie season. He ran 21 times for 81 yards. Take out his longest attempt of 33 yards and he averaged 2.4 yards a carry. White didn’t complete any of his five pass attempts and was sacked once. After the Dolphins waived White, he turned to baseball where the Royals assigned him to the Fall Instructional league. Baseball didn’t last either for young Pat and on June 27 2011, he signed with the UFL Virginia Destroyers. When I think of Pat White, I dont get frustrated, I just laugh. He reminds me a towel boy who just wants to play the game but can't because of physique, until one day the coach says "Go out there and give it your all." Will the towel boy surprise the world and turn into a Hall of Famer, or will he get tackled into a coma. You decide.
Well, there you have it, the top 10 worst Miami Dolphins of the decade. A few are coaches, a few are players, but they all make us want to punch the walls out of frustration. (except Pat White who just makes us laugh). With that being said, I leave you with this.