Jim Mandich Q&A
Jim Mandich as top receiving tight end (Keith Jackson is ruled out for playing three Dolphin years). ALL-R-I-I-IGHT!! (URSULA SEEMANN/Sun-Sentinel file photo / April 25, 2014)
Q: When will Wayne Huizenga start getting the heat he deserves? All I hear is what a great owner he is. What's the team's record during his tenure? Ticket prices are way up and no playoffs in sight, sell the team or FIX IT! Your thoughts? Groovy, Oviedo, FL
A: "My view is he's already started to get heat. People are looking through the head coaches and the general managers and wondering why the administration and the owner can't get it right. And that applies even right now to Cam Cameron and believe me, the talk shows are full of conversations about Wayne Huizenga. "
Q: Is it time to start giving John Beck some game snaps or is it too dangerous to throw the guy in now and possibly damage his confidence? Or is it time for Cleo Lemon to get his shot? I'm looking forward to the drama of our next No. 1 draft pick, which now looks like it may be the No. 1 overall pick. Paul, Miami, FL
A: "I do believe it is time to start giving John Beck game snaps. To me, Trent Green looks like just another band-aid quarterback. We've squandered another draft choice on this year's version of A.J. Feeley and Daunte Culpepper. People want to know there's a future. In addition to John Beck, I'd make sure the No. 1 draft pick, No. 9 Ted Ginn, got on the field. People want to know is this guy a big-time player or not."
Q: Who would have ever envisioned that this once-proud franchise would get to the point that they just don't matter anymore? Alex, Miami, FL
A: "I for one believe that in my 37-year experience with the Miami Dolphins we are at the low point right now. I thought it was Dave Wannstedt's last year when he was fired after a 1-7 start to the season. We've dug ourselves even deeper into the hole. I don't know about not mattering anymore but the Dolphins are not just a draft class or two away from joining the elite. They are two to three years from joining the elite teams in the NFL."
Q: Jim, let's say hypothetically speaking, the Dolphins finish with less than four wins, which is likely, do you think they would consider making an offer to Bill Cowher? It has become painfully obvious that Cam Cameron really doesn't have a clue how to fix this highly dysfunctional team. Sir Ashley, Parkland, FL
A: "Emphatically, no. I would not consider making an offer to Bill Cowher. He's a great coach and he's going to be in demand, but is that what we need - another coach-general manager change? We've just been through Dave Wannstedt. We've been through Jim Bates. We've been through Nick Saban and Cam Cameron and you want to flip it out again? If anything this organization needs is stability and continuity."
Q: At what point do we take the Green Bay Packers approach and dump all the veterans and aging players in favor of drafting young talent, and finally conceding that this team needs a few rebuilding years? Perhaps, trading underproducing veterans such as Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Keith Traylor, Chris Chambers, and Marty Booker, in exchange for youth may be the way to go. It worked in Green Bay. Your thoughts? Sir Ashley, Parkland, FL
A: "I believe the team is in the midst of a youth movement right now. And you're going to see the jettisoning of a lot of the veteran players after this year. Guys like Keith Traylor . . . . Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor, I can envision a scenario where one but not both come back next year. This team is in need of youth. It is in need of better structuring of the salary cap. Younger is cheaper, which is better in this league. And I think you are seeing that transitioning right now."
Q: If Daunte Culpepper is immobile what does that make the Dolphins defense? Tammy Ramsay
A: "Daunte Culpepper looked like a twirling, swirling dervish against the Dolphin defense and even though Daunte Culpepper doesn't look fast, he still looks like he's dragging that knee a little bit and he was still able to beat Dolphin linebackers to the corner on two bootlegs. It means that the Dolphin defense looks old and slow."
Q: What do you really feel about an organization that has its No. 1 pick playing like garbage and your No. 2 pick, "Well, we just don't know," and everyone wants to know what's the situation with the No. 3 pick? John Jones, Sarasota, FL
A: "I'm a real advocate of playing John Beck and playing him quick. We've been told he's the quarterback of the future. He is 26 years old because of a two-year commitment on account of his Mormon faith, which I think gives me a mindset that you have to accelerate getting him into the lineup, and what do we have to lose? Same thing with our No. 1 pick and our No. 3 pick. I want to know if Ted Ginn is a player and somebody tell me please -- can Lorenzo Booker not play, was he a bust or what is the problem exactly? Why he isn't active for Dolphin games?
Q: Mad Dog, I really don't understand this, every move the Phins make are bad! Jason Allen just needs to be cut, Travis Daniels talks too much. Travis Minor, Sammy Morris, David Bowens, Wes Welker are all missed on specials teams. The draft picks haven't made an impact and they give Joey porter $20 million to run his mouth. Wouldn't you agree? Kimberly, Davie, FL
A: "There are a lot of things I don't understand. One of the things I don't understand is why don't they admit Jason Allen, last year's No. 1 pick was a tremendous mistake and they should get rid of him. Against the Raiders, he didn't even make it on special teams. I'm looking for No. 32 on kickoff coverage, on punt coverage, that kind of stuff. Not only can he not start for you on defense, not only can he not get in on your nickel and dime packages, you don't have enough confidence to put him in on a special teams play. He was a mistake. Admit it and move on."
Q: Why haven't the Dolphins played any 3-4 defense this season to give offenses different looks? Also, Joey Porter is an OLB not a DE, so why is he playing with his hand on the ground? This, in turn, moves Matt Roth inside to DT, where he doesn't belong either (undersized, etc.). His best position is DE. Why is Dom Capers doing all of this? Dana, West Palm Beach, FL
A: "The Dolphins have played a lot of 3-4 defense. In fact, their defense looks almost interchangeable to me. A lot of times Joey Porter is up with three down linemen, other times Jason Taylor and Porter are the defensive ends in a four-man line. I don't think it's a matter of scheme. I don't think it's a matter of three-man or four-man fronts. I think it's a matter of talent, particularly up the middle where teams have been gashing the Miami Dolphins. There is an absence of depth at the defensive line position."
Jim Mandich can be heard weekdays at 2 p.m. on 560-WQAM, and every Sunday on Dolphins broadcasts, and on the Web at wqam.com.