Five Questions for Phin Phanatic


Brian Miller of Phin Phanatic was kind enough to trade five questions with The Viking Age as part of this week’s Dolphins coverage.  Brian and I discussed former Dolphin Greg Camarillo, the Wildcat, quarterback Chad Henne and the state of Miami’s defense…

Q: Vikings fans are hoping for a lot from former Dolphin Greg Camarillo (mostly because our other receivers are all hurt or just suck).  What’s your assessment of him?

A:  Greg Camarillo is the Brett Favre savior that he doesn’t know he has.  A Wes Welker clone with better hands but a slower speed, Camarillo is every QB’s favorite target because frankly, he doesn’t drop that many balls.  In fact, I can’t remember the last time he did.  Brett Favre needs to use him and get out of the mindset that throwing deep is always the answer, Cams is a superb route runner and knows how to create space.  When Brett Favre figures this out, the Vikings’ passing game is going to be stellar.  Hopefully, he doesn’t find that out until next week.

Q: Tony Sparano said this week of the Wildcat, “I don’t think there is any surprise anymore but it is part of what we do. … I think it’s part of our identity.”  Do you think it’s really a viable offense at this point?

A:  Absolutely not.  It is an ongoing joke among most Phin fans.  The Wild Cat is a fad and that fad is over.  It may be a part of their identity but that doesn’t mean it works.  Oh, and it doesn’t work anymore.  So if Sparano says it doesn’t surprise anyone anymore, than why run it at all?

Q:  The Dolphins’ pass defense looked dominating in game 1, but that was against the Bills.  How good is the pass defense really?

A:  Honestly, fans are asking the same thing.  Was it Buffalo or was it Mike Nolan’s schemes?  The team surprised a lot of us with the play of Koa Misi at OLB and Chris Clemons at safety but we are still wondering if it’s all for real.  We will get a better idea after Sunday.

Q:  Is Chad Henne a quarterback who can lead the Dolphins to a Super Bowl?

A:  I can stand here today and say yes.  However, I don’t know if I can say that a year from now.  Chad Henne is a good QB but he has a long way to go.  While this is his 3rd NFL season, he only started last year after Chad Pennington got hurt.  In reality, Mark Sanchez in NY has more starting experience at this level than Henne does.  Henne, to me, needs to stop second guessing himself.  He tends to play faster than the game and he needs to slow down and play at the same speed.  He often checks down far too quickly and makes his reads on a simple 6 second countdown and that won’t work in real games.

Q:  Miami’s defense is a bit banged up.  How do you see them doing against Adrian Peterson who seems extra-motivated this year?

A:  Miami will approach AP the same way the approach everyone.  They will try and contain the outside and move him back inside where the linebackers can make plays.   How well this succeeds will depend on what defense Miami really has.  They are good at stopping the run, but if they fall too far behind they will start to take unnecessary risks and then AP will explode on them.

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Tags: Adrian Peterson Brett Favre Chad Henne Chad Pennington Greg Camarillo Mark Sanchez Tony Sparano Wes Welker