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Paul Zimmerman
August 28, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Dolphins
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August 28, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Dolphins

"What were they under Jimmy Johnson? A middle-of-the-pack playoff team, that's it. He was going to give them a running game, but they're still looking for it. They haven't had a Pro Bowl runner in years. The offensive line has been terribly overrated, and it's still in a state of flux. All those guys moving in and out. You need to find a unit and stick with it, and Richmond Webb, their keynote player, is 33 and playing on bad knees....

The obvious question mark is Damon Huard replacing Dan Marino. I like Huard. He's bright.

He knows things. How this will translate to the field, with no running game and no tight end or possession receiver—unless O.J. McDuffie makes a miraculous recovery—remains to be seen.... Defensively they'll be sound under Dave Wannstedt, but they expect an awful lot from Zach Thomas. He covers receivers and chases down ballcarriers all over the field, but if he starts wearing down and the line doesn't keep blockers off him, then you get what happened in the playoff blowout against Jacksonville last year."