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Monday, November 02, 2009

Ginn responds to the challenge




Ted Ginn Jr. rallied to the challenge and displayed his big-play ability yesterday.

By Michael Lombardi

November 1, 2009

Twice this season, the Miami Dolphins have lost games against undefeated teams (the Saints and Colts) when they have dominated. Sunday, they won for the second time against the Jets despite being outgained 378-104 in total yards (104 is their fewest ever in a win). The Dolphins have won seven of their last eight divisional games and are now 3-0 as they prepare for New England next week. Ted Ginn proved he’s a competitor, rallying to the challenge after being benched as a starter and responding in a huge way. His two kickoff returns were sensational, but what was more impressive was his humble manner after the game discussing his accomplishments.

The Jets started the season 3-0 but are 1-4 since. In fairness, their expectations have been too high. This is not a Super Bowl team. This is a good team that needs to keep growing and keep making trades with Eric “The Secret” Mangini of the Browns. Mangini has given the Jets hope because the two players he has traded to them give them hope. Patience might be the best virtue for the Jets, and possibly getting head coach Rex Ryan some help with game management on Sundays — he loves to go into half time with timeouts in his pocket. Someone I respect once told me that arrogance can cloud your judgment. Kicking the ball twice to Ted Ginn was beyond arrogant.



Ginn is the first player in NFL history with two TD kick returns of more than 100 yards in a game.

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