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Miami Dolphins Inside Slant 2008-10-28


Miami Dolphins Inside Slant 2008-10-28
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Ted Ginn Jr.'s breakout day in Sunday's 25-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills had to do with "carpe diem," seizing the moment.


Sure, the plan was to be aggressive on both sides of the ball, and the first play was a go route to Ginn that clicked for 46 yards. But Sparano credited Ginn for fighting for every ball and for wanting to succeed.

Ginn had a career-high seven catches for 175 yards, the most reception yards by a Miami receiver since Chris Chambers had 238 yards against the Bills on Dec. 24, 2005. Chambers and Ginn were both coached by Ted Ginn Sr. in high school in Cleveland.

"You certainly can't get the ball if you're not handed the ball," Sparano said of Ginn not realizing his potential because he hasn't been given a lot of opportunities. "A back you can kind of force-feed the issue. ... A receiver it's a little bit different. The coverage dictates what could happen. Then I think he seized the moment (Sunday). All of a sudden when it hit right early in the game, it hit right coverage-wise. The call and the coverage matched. That could've very easily gone to the reverse side of the field, the first play of the game could've easily gone to (Greg) Camarillo.

"Once that happened, the cushion got a little softer out there. He ran by (the defender) once. He stuttered and made a comeback on him. He owned the cushion (Sunday) and seized the moment. Ted made the most of that situation."

Ginn has been criticized for not living up to his billing as the ninth overall selection in the 2007 draft, but many observers believe part of his problem was not being given enough opportunities downfield. Also, his quarterbacks last year were aging Trent Green, ineffective Cleo Lemon and rattled rookie John Beck. Now, he's got the calm, cool, collected and accurate Chad Pennington slinging him the ball.

"Ted already has something that you can't coach, and I know that I don't have, and that's speed," Pennington said of his growing comfort level with Ginn. "When you can put toughness and speed together, you've got a really good combination. This was a step for him and a step for our passing game. Hopefully we can get better with it."

Ginn had 20 catches for 177 yards in the first six games before nearly doubling his reception yards Sunday. It helped that he was going against gimpy-kneed cornerback Terrence McGee.

Ginn still hasn't had a touchdown this season.

"I'm a football player, and this is what I need to do. Every time a ball comes my way, I told myself I was going to come down with it. I knew what I was going against. I just wanted to go out and execute," Ginn said.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 28, 2008

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