In honor of Friday the 13th, we hand off to a galloping ghost. (OK, that's more Halloween than The Phinsider's Matty I is off somewhere in parts unknown. (He's on vacation.) So, nothing from SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.
While Matty's defenseless, Brian G, Jetfighter and I are going to "sub in" and have a little fun and try to install a little paraskavedekatriaphobia in our good buddy.
tommasse: So, Trent Green, huh? You guys have to be kidding, right? Don't you think defenses will be coming after him like he's a one-legged Drew Bledsoe? Aren't you worried that a little bump on the noggin will send Trent into Troy Aikman V-8 Land? I mean, this guy's as durable as a Yugo.
tommasse: Not at all. Green will be just fine. The offensive line is ready to go, and, boy, are the ready to make an impression. We've just nicknamed the offensive line "The Statement." As in "interrogative statement": All question marks. And Green only this week turned .. just .. 37. He's as mobile as he was at 36!
I mean, look, it's not as though he's never come back from injury before. In St. Louis, he was injured and Kurt Warner took over the team Green prepared and took them to the Super Bowl (kind of like what Brady did with Bledsoe's team in New England), and then Green went on to great fortune and fame in .. um .. Kansas City. Did you see him in the playoffs last year? Fleet-footed and decisive. A true team leader.
Sure there's been a steady decline in his statistics the last few years (Comp%: 66.4/62.5/61.1; Yds/Att: 8.26/7.92/6.78, Rating: 95.2/90.1/74.1), but he didn't have a great line in Kansas City, and he never had a fantastic running back like Ronnie Brown. Well, except for Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson, so I don't think you can draw much from that.
Plus: Ted Ginn! I mean, really, TED GINN! How can you argue with that? Cleveland can have Brady Quinn. I think Green will easily last another 2 to 3 years when John Beck is ready.
tommasse's retort: I can certainly understand being optimistic, and there are better days ahead of this franchise. Heck, after six years of Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban, how much worse can it get? I don't think many people (except maybe Green) are disillusioned enough to believe he's going to be leading this team very long. He's Beck's training wheels. Miami's best bet is to let Green take his lumps (as well as he can -- that impression the offensive line makes will likely be Green's imprint in the turf) and keep Beck safe until that offensive line starts to gel and this team makes some forward strides. Much as Fins fans don't want to hear it: Patience is a virtue.
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