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Looks like Hudson is working his magic.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2095395&CMP=ILC-INHEAD

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Word from South Florida is Dolphins 2004 first-round pick Vernon Carey looks like a different player altogether and has the inside track at the outside left tackle spot ahead of Damion McIntosh. Observers say it's obvious that O-line coach Hudson Houck is pressing the buttons with Carey that Tony Wise didn't in 2004. We hear Carey is in better shape and more confident, and held his own against Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor during spring practice.
 

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Here is another snippet from the same page:

We hear that if the Dolphins decide to add a cornerback via free agency, it will be on the cheap, particularly if they decide to spend a high draft pick on former USC defensive tackle Manuel Wright in the mid-July supplemental draft.
 

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thanks man...

the line is taking shape:

Carey - James - McKinney - Hadnot - McDougle

.. also good to hear about Wright, I hope we nab him.
 

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great news, I would love to see a first round pick in miami that actually worked out!
 

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This has nothing to do with Carey or the oline, but this is also from the same article


We hear Dolphins fourth-string cornerback Reggie Howard, a disappointment after signing a big free-agent contract in 2004, turned down a request by Miami to restructure his contract. Barring a much-improved performance in '05, Howard likely is playing his last season with the Dolphins.
 

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I'm really going to wait and see about Carey. I want to see him before I judge him...
 

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the line is taking shape:

Carey - James - McKinney - Hadnot - McDougle

Not to mention having McIntosh, St.Clair, and Wade Smith in the fold. Any of those three can be a sufficient starter when healthy also. St. Clair and Smith have both played most positions on the line as well !!!!
 

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cnyphinfan said:
Looks like Hudson is working his magic.

Observers say it's obvious that O-line coach Hudson Houck is pressing the buttons with Carey that Tony Wise didn't in 2004. We hear Carey is in better shape and more confident,

Think the new motivation has anything to do with not wanting to hear the bust label???
 

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Offensive lineman usually make their biggest improvement between their first year and their second year anyway.

It is unusual for rookie offensive lineman to make a large contribution in their rookie year.
 

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Merman said:
Think the new motivation has anything to do with not wanting to hear the bust label???

or maybe just maybe it took him a while to get accustomed to life in the NFL. Now that he is more comfortable with his surroundings he is able to perform better.
 

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It's funny how some people say, "mini-camp is meaningless," yet we hear these reports that are based exclusively on the mini-camp.
 

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FireWrongstedt said:
That's great to hear about Carey. This is why we paid the big bucks for Hudson Houck.

Funny enough, both Wise and Houck did great things in Dallas, more than they are given credit for. Funny also that Houck succeeded Wise in Dallas, just like here.

Wise helped turn 3 holdovers from the Landry era, Newton, Tunei, and Gogan, into Pro Bowlers for the first time in their careers. His track record suffered during stints in Chicago and here, but the work he did in the late 80s and early 90s in Big D were key to the success that Emmitt Smith and the entire offense enjoyed.

Houck meanwhile, was working magic and helping the Cowboys maintain superior line play long before the media and fans outside of Dallas took notice that the talent level had been slowly eroding due to FA defections and injuries. Ray Donaldson stepped in for Stepnoski in '95 and they never missed a beat. Derek Kennard stepped in when Donaldson was hurt and helped Dallas get to the Super Bowl. Erik Williams, contrary to what a lot of folks believed at the time, was never close to the same player after his 1994 car accident, yet Houck kept him performing as a vital cog in that unit. He also was key in helping develop Larry Allen, Solomon Page, and Flozell Adams.

He then gets to San Diego and gets that unit to perform at a level unthinkable the season before his arrival. It's not surprising to read about Carey's improvement already, and it won't be surprising to see the line perform at a very high level this year. The guy seems to extract every ounce of effort and ability out of his guys, and then some.
 
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