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Dolphins and Bolts share common ground

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Tod Leonard
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. September 24, 2009

    If Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and the Chargers' Norv Turner weren't so swamped trying to get their teams prepared to beat up on each other Sunday, they could get together for a beer summit. Share in each other's misery.

    It's striking how similar the situations are for the two coaches after just two weeks of the NFL season.

    Turner's team is 1-1 following a home-opener loss for which the coach was skewered by some for calling a Darren Sproles run on fourth down in San Diego's final drive.
    Sparano is 0-2 for the second straight year after the Dolphins lost 27-23 in their home opener Monday night against Indianapolis, and he's getting ripped for a conservative call when Miami had a chance to put the Colts away.

    Like the Chargers, the Dolphins also had trouble with clock management.

    Unlike Turner, Sparano didn't lay it on the line in the aftermath. He walked into his Tuesday morning news conference whistling. “The sun came up,” he said.
    Yesterday, his tone was a little more serious.

    “Obviously, you feel like you need to win now,” Sparano told San Diego reporters.

    The controversial call in question Monday came on a third-and-6 play with the Dolphins driving at the Colts' 30. Running back Ronnie Brown was stuffed at the line for only a 3-yard gain, Miami settled for a field goal, and Peyton Manning drove Indy to the winning touchdown.

    Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote yesterday wrote it was “the end of the Sparano honeymoon.”
    The man who made the call was not Sparano, who was 11-5 in his first season last year, but his offensive coordinator, someone longtime Chargers fans will recognize — Dan Henning. Henning coached the Chargers to a 16-32 record from 1989-91.

    Sparano, of course, supported Henning's call.

    “I was absolutely willing to take the three points in that situation,” Sparano said.

    Penalty bug

    It's been a long time since the Chargers had a run of penalties this bad. They've been flagged 21 times in two games — nine against the Raiders and 12 against the Ravens.

    That's the most in back-to-back games since October 2003 — a loss at Jacksonville and a win at Cleveland — when they were called for 22 penalties. The Chargers were 4-12 that season.

    “It's something that we're addressing and we're working on,” Turner said. “It's not been an issue for us in the past. It's things that we can fix, and we just have to.”
    Of the Chargers' 21 penalties, there were four delays, four false starts and three offsides.

    “The ones we can definitely eliminate are the delays, the false starts, the offsides, those are the ones we can control,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “That will get done.”
    Of the three delay penalties called on his offense last week, Turner said, “It's not an issue to me about whose fault it is. We've got to eliminate them. There were a number of things that caused them in this game, and they're all fixable.

    “That starts with getting the play in as quickly as we can, and the communication with the quarterback in the huddle. We may not be able to be perfect with every call. We may have to snap the ball and let it fly a little bit.”

    Another new guy

    Defensive lineman Alfonso Boone , signed Tuesday, participated in his first practice. He's enormous — 6-feet-5 and 305 pounds.

    “I like him,” Turner said of the ninth-year veteran who last played for Kansas City. “He's a big man. One thing that's happened over the last couple of weeks, we've added some guys with some bulk inside. And I think through time it's going to make us stouter.”

    Blackout update

    The Chargers would not say how many tickets they needed to sell by 1:15 p.m. today to lift the blackout for Sunday's game. A 24-hour extension, which was granted last week by the NFL, is likely again if enough tickets aren't sold by today's deadline.
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
  3. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    This delay of game crap has been happening for the last few years, and it's really getting old, especially when you're at home. Get the damn play in, and get up to the line of scrimmage so you can snap the ball. Every week we're barely getting the play off in time and we often have to burn timeouts to avoid a penalty. Very annoying to watch.
  4. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..Go Any SD Team, Go Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    22 penalties the last 2 games? Very Raideresque. :tdown:
  5. Buck Blincoe

    Buck Blincoe BoltTalker

    Sep 15, 2007
    It should be a very competitive game...one team has possession of the ball for 45 minutes, puts 23 points on the board, and loses.

    The other team's QB has 400 passing yards alone, and the team loses.
  6. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2008
    Lack of discipline.:tdown:


    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    We'll beat the fish and good our guy's have got to be getting to the breaking point of no return and just want to bring on a beat down. I'm all for it. :tup:
  8. Buck Blincoe

    Buck Blincoe BoltTalker

    Sep 15, 2007
    Yep...two teams both looking for redemption and face...it looks to be one helluva game.
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  9. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    I've been screaming this since last year. We have GOT to pick up the pace!!!

  10. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    This cost us the game vs the Ravens.
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    About the offense and the delay penalties: I've been saying it now for a couple years, we are getting too cutesy with the offense. Just run the goddamn play. Get it in, get to the line, snap the ****ing ball. Stop with all the multiple shifting and motion and **** until you can learn to NOT GET FLAGGED FOR TAKING YOUR SWEET ****ING TIME! ****!!!
  12. G-ForceSage

    G-ForceSage BoltTalker

    Sep 24, 2009
    Henning is like Norv, some guys are better at being number two's.

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