The Miami Herald is reporting this morning that WR Scott
Miller, a 5 year veteran of the Dolphins and a consistent if
unspectacular player, will start at wide receiver Sunday opposite OJ
This news comes as a shock, with everyone thinking that Randal
Hill or one of the other deep threats would start. However, JJ has
decided that Miller's consistency and hard work this summer will be
rewarded on Sunday with the starting position.
In other news, running back Irving Spikes strained a hamstring
in practice on Friday and may not start on Sunday against the
Patriots. If he doesn't start, rookie Karim Abdul-Jabbar will get the
call as the starting tailback.
Placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game were DT Norman
Hand, OG Everett McIver, CB Tim Jacobs and WR Fred Barnett. The
Herald is also reporting that WR Charles Jordan may join the inactive
list, with the Dolphins being required to place 4 more players on the
And last, but not least, OT James Brown will start at right
tackle on Sunday, but will rotate at that position with Billy Milner.
Apparently, the Dolphins will allow Brown to play three series and
then insert Milner for 2 series. Brown has graded out higher in the
preseason and is the better run blocker, while Milner is thought to be
the better pass blocker.
The decision to start Miller on Sunday bears out what JJ has
been saying all summer - that the players who practice the best and
work the hardest will play on Sundays. Players who are inconsistent
or who don't work up to JJ's standards will not start.
It's an interesting choice and it appears to bear out what JJ
has been saying about playing a conservative game. With Miller as the
second wide receiver, there will be two possession wide receivers
Still, it's almost too obvious. It would be unlike JJ to tip
his hand so obviously in advance of the game. Keep an eye open for a
few surprises tomorrow.
On another topic, I have said little about the renaming of Joe
Robbie Stadium for the paltry sum of $20 million. That is because the
only things I could think of to say about the deal were both vulgar
and forbidden on most internet service providers. And since I have a
certain reputation to uphold, I chose to remain silent.
However, I will continue to refer to the home stadium of the
Dolphins as Joe Robbie stadium, as my own little protest against the
overwhelming commercialism that runs rampant through all phases of
modern professional sports. I have no objection to Wayne Huizenga
making money, but there are limits on everything and, IMNSHO, he has
exceeded those limits with this deal. There should be some room left
for tradition and there should be some respect accorded to those who
have built the franchise that now supplies Wayne Huizenga with his
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