We would like to thank Brian Miller from PhinPhanatic for sitting down with us and doing a Q&A on this weeks Miami Dolphins at St. Louis Rams contest. Brian Miller, PhinPhanatic.com’s lead writer, is a 38-year-old Dolphins fan born and bred since birth. Here is how the conversation went.
1. Stlvinnie – Can you tell Rams fans why Chad Pennington is a better NFL QB than Marc Bulger?
Brian – Chad Pennington is one of the most accurate and consistent QB’s in the league. Even during his days in New York Pennington has always been a methodical QB who leads his team by not only example but by drive and desire. He is not the loud mouth in your face quarterback
as some others are and instead leads with an air of confidence that picks up those around him. Marc Bulger is a strong armed passer where Pennington is more methodical in his approach. Not afraid to dump off to his receivers and does a great job of scanning the field instead of
focusing on one receiver.
2. Stlvinnie – Do you think there is any chance the Dolphins will look past the Rams to their game at Buffalo next week?
Brian – While you can never say never, I don’t believe that this team will look beyond this weekend. Head Coach Tony Sparano is a stickler for maintaining focus on his team to the game at hand. Given the embarrassing loss last weekend to the Patriots, the Dolphins will be
looking to rebound from that loss knowing that they can’t afford a let down.
3. Stlvinnie – With Greg Camarillo out, do you believe there is a chance the Rams can put 8 in the box and try to shut down Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?
Brian – I fully expect the Rams to stack the box and force the Dolphins to pass. Ted Ginn will draw man coverage on the outside but the CB will have safety help over the top. Davone Bess an undrafted rookie out of Hawaii will take over for Camarillo and the Rams will have no need
to double up their coverage on him. If the Rams don’t stack the box, something that other defenses have done against the Phins, then they will get beaten badly in the ground game.
4. Stlvinnie – With solid wins against New England, San Diego, Buffalo, and Denver what are the current expectations of Dolphins fans for this season?
Brian – Fans will tell you that at this point in the season, all expectations for this team have already been met and then some. However, with the way this team is playing now anything short of a 9-7 record will be heralded as a bad year. Most fans still believe that
this team can make the playoffs.
5. Stlvinnie – From a distance who do you believe could be a great fit as coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2009? Who can turn this mess around and why? Assume that Zygmunt and Shaw are gone from the front office.
Brian – I think the Rams are going to find it tough to overhaul their front office with any degree of immediate success this off-season. The team needs a strong HC that can drive the players to play beyond their limitations and a front office GM who will rebuild the franchise
from the ground up and that means the ownership has to give them time. Scott Pioli in NE is a name that gets mentioned a lot but honestly I’m not so sure that he isn’t over-rated. I just don’t think there are names out there right now that fit that bill. Maybe a Marty Schottenheimer in the GM spot. He has a history of building very solid teams but not winning in the playoffs something as GM he wouldn’t be responsible for. That would be my first pick.