What's to be done? The Dolphins keep drafting for defense, but nothing happens. Promising players, like linebacker John Offerdahl, end John Bosa and pass-rush specialist Eric Kumerow, get hurt or wear down. Others, like inside linebacker Jackie Shipp, don't pan out. Miami drafts runners, like Troy Stradford in '87 and Ron Davenport and Lorenzo Hampton in '85, but they take a beating and end up being just ordinary backs. This year the Dolphins used two first-round picks to get a big, flashy runner. Sammie Smith, and an oversized free safety. Louis Oliver. Oliver became an instant starter, and Smith became an extended holdout. That's one for two.
When the exhibition season opened, the Bears ran at will against the Dolphin defenders, who gasped for breath in the 28-20 Chicago victory. After that the Oilers, Redskins and Eagles piled up 26, 35 and 20 points, respectively, in beating Miami. On the plus side, a big (6'3", 210 pounds), fast wideout named Andre Brown has played better than anyone could expect of a free agent. Maybe he will wake up Duper. But it will take more than that before the Dolphins are up and at 'em again.
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