Ronnie Brown hopes to stay in Miami

The Dolphins have the greatest home-field disadvantage in NFL history this season, and running back Ronnie Brown has been a big part of that: Brown has just 205 rushing yards in seven home games, compared to 478 yards in seven road games.

But as bad as Brown has been at Sun Life Stadium this year, he says he wants to keep playing there.

Brown told Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald that as he heads toward free agency in 2011, he’s still hoping to stick around in Miami.

I haven’t given up hope,” Brown said. “I know there’s a chance I won’t be back here. You know, that’s something I think about. It’s tough because I’ve grown so attached to this community and this area.”

It will be interesting to see how hard the Dolphins try to keep Brown. He has managed to stay healthy all season, which is a plus, but he’s 29 years old and averaging a career-low 3.8 yards a carry. If Brown is going to stay in Miami, he might need to take a pay cut.

11 responses to “Ronnie Brown hopes to stay in Miami

  1. A person that knows football would’ve pointed out somewhere in this article that the Dolphins’ struggles running the ball have everything to do with poor blocking by the center and guards, Lousaka Polite, and the lack of a capable No. 2 tight end. Brown and Williams are the same players they have been in previous years – if anything, Brown is in better condition. The line is to blame, not him.

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    cnelson13 says: Dec 22, 2010 10:17 AM

    A person that knows football would’ve pointed out somewhere in this article that the Dolphins’ struggles running the ball have everything to do with poor blocking by the center and guards, Lousaka Polite, and the lack of a capable No. 2 tight end. Brown and Williams are the same players they have been in previous years – if anything, Brown is in better condition. The line is to blame, not him.

    Pretty much this. Plus the fact Henning refuses to get either back in a groove, or just quit feeding the hot hand.

    see the Baltimore game for an example.

  3. I think the time has come to officially rule Ronnie Brown a bust. Be it injuries, lack of a good line, or splitting carries. A #2 overall pick should have more than one 1,000 season out of 6. I have always liked Ronnie, but as a Dolphins fan, I would much rather see them put the money elsewhere than in a C+ running back entering his 30’s. Mark Ingram here we come!

  4. Brown was only drafted that high because that year the top of the draft was TERRIBLE and no one wanted to trade up. The Dolphins made a good decision with the pick they had. I also think it hardly makes sense to confirm Brown is a bust and list “lack of a good line” as a legitimate reason, since that is obviously not in the player’s control.

  5. The blocking on run plays this year has been terrible.

    Ronnie hasn’t gotten worse. I still see him running over defenders when given the chance to gain momentum.

    He is also under utilized catching the ball out of the backfield. As bad as Cam Cameron was as a head coach, he used Ronnie to his strengths allowing him to lead the league in yards from scrimmage before he went down with an injury.

    It was a freak accident that occurred during an interception where he tried to make a tackle and twisted his knee.

  6. Ronnie Brown isn’t the bust the Dolphin organization is the bust.. The Miami Dolphins would be perfect in th NFC West

  7. cnelson13 said: Dec 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    Brown was only drafted that high because that year the top of the draft was TERRIBLE and no one wanted to trade up.

    FYI…in 2005 Miami too Ronnie Brown with the #2 pick and Green Bay took Aaron Rogers at #24.

  8. Well it’s not really fair to compare picks much later to Brown and say, the Dolphins should’ve taken this guy. The NFL obviously felt Rodgers wasn’t worth a high first-round pick at the time. Brown was the best running back in the class (better than Cadillac and Benson) and still is, and he filled a need for the Dolphins. He was the right pick at the time.

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