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Fins Say the Focus on Winning Has Not Wavered

Ronnie Brown (23) is brought down by Oakland Raiders' Stuart Schweigert 

While the Fins continue to search for answers for what has been a disastrous start to the 2007 season, now the focus has returned to going out and putting together a good game plan for Sunday. Their next test comes this Sunday as the team travels to Cleveland to play the surprising 2-3 Cleveland Browns, who have already won home games against AFC North rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore, two teams that at this point look like better competition than the 0-5 Dolphins.

Miami will enter Sunday’s game with a new look at quarterback, as Cleo Lemon will get the start with Trent Green out until who know’s when with the “severe” concussion he suffered Sunday in the teams 22-19 loss to the Texans in Houston. For Lemon, he says that the team just needs to go out and have fun. ”You never want to put any more pressure on yourself that is already put on from you guys,” Lemon said Sunday. “From that point, you just want to go out and have fun, let it loose and be prepared. Mentally you are ready, physically you are ready, so now it is fun time. Sunday is fun.”

Head coach Cam Cameron, who’s first season as Dolphins skipper has not exactly gotten off to a fast start, says that as the team gets ready for Sunday, their purpose and drive will not waiver. “Our approach is not going to change. Now there are some things that do need to change, but it’s not our approach. That I know. Our preparation is not going to change. We’re not shortening any hours. We’re going to lengthen the hours, to some degree. We think we know the work ethic it takes to win in this league, so we’ve got to do a little extra. We’ve got to do things better, plain and simple. I offer no excuses.”

One thing the Dolphins cannot overlook as they get ready for the Browns is the improved play of running back Ronnie Brown. The second overall pick in 2005 has run for over 100 yards on the ground the last three weeks, and in two of those three weeks has gone over 200 all-purpose yards. If the Fins are going to upset the Browns on the road, their game plan should be a rather simple one – limit the big plays on defense, avoid the mistakes on offense, and run Brown till he can’t run anymore.

Sounds easy enough, but for a team that has started 0-5, everything right now seems like a struggle.


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