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THE DOLPHINS HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR ROOKIES JAKE LONG, PHILLIP MERLING AND CHAD HENNE - THE CORNERSTONES OF BILL PARCELLS' REBUILDING EFFORT.


There is that familiar saying meant to inspire, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." If it is true, Dolphins fans by now surely may count themselves among the strongest in the NFL, writes Greg Cote, as Miami embarks on the 35th season since Miami last won a Super Bowl.

As many wonder just how much quarterback Chad Pennington's arrival in Miami might be able to impact rookie Chad Henne - both on and off the field - several Dolphins players such as Vonnie Holliday are making it clear just how priceless such a relationship can be.
 
There are similarities between the two such asa all basic human body parts being in working order an uniform numbers that start with the No. 5. The big difference is that Channing Crowder will be the first man since 1995 not named Zach Thomas to start as the Fins' defensive quarterback.
 
It is an unorthodox setup these Dolphins have conjured. That is because Bill Parcells, who now answers only to Wayne Huizenga and eventually will answer only to Stephen Ross, will continue to have final authority over all football decisions - meaning he really answers to neither.
 

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Next time somebody tries to tell you that life is fair, yeah-but-'em with this: The Patriots - winners of three Super Bowls this decade and one upset from outperfecting the 1972 Dolphins - have the NFL's easiest schedule in 2008.
 
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The New England Patriots are a lot like Mark McGwire nowadays. They don't like to talk about the past. Ask them about religion. Talk to them about politics. Taboo subjects are fair game, within reason. But bring up last season and their lips tighten.
 
Michael Bennett wants to feel that rhythm again - the Sunday dance between an NFL running back and an opposing defense. He wants to set up a linebacker and cut up field. He wants to play. It appears he will finally get that chance in Tampa.
 

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