Just The Be-Ginn-Ing?

It's about time. Somehow, we're getting the impression that this was the reaction of many Dolphins fans following Ted Ginn Jr.'s breakthrough performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The bigger issue, though, is whether this was aberration or the start of something big. It's also fair to wonder why it tooks so long for Ginn to make this kind of impact on offense.

The Buffalo Bills came to Dolphin Stadium with a 5-1 record, yes, but they had injury issues on defense. For one, cornerback Terrence McGee was at less than 100 percent and it was him the Dolphins focused on attacking throughout the day.

The first play of the game was a fly pattern to Ginn that gained 46 yards when the receiver was able to outfight McGee for the ball.

The rest of the day, Ginn was able to take advantage of the large cushion he was given and catch a few passes on comeback routes. And, of course, there was the nice deep slant that Ginn turned into a 64-yard pick-up in the third quarter.

This was a game where Ginn's speed -- and nobody has ever argued that he has a lot of it -- really made a difference.

Why didn't this happen before? A simple answer might be that other cornerbacks have been much more aggressive with Ginn at the line of scrimmage, which can be a problem because Ginn isn't very strong and beating jams isn't his forte.

We also haven't seen the deep comeback called this often, and maybe throwing deep on the first play softened the Buffalo secondary.

With Ginn's speed, really, the Dolphins absolutely have to go deep to Ginn at least once again, if for no other reason than to make opponents respect the deep ball. It doesn't matter if the pass is incomplete.

Think about it, there are five possible outcomes to a deep pass: two are very good, one is no big deal, and two are setbacks, although usually not devastating.

We explain. The two good scenarios are either a completion or a defensive pass interference penalty. An incompletion really is no big deal. The two bad outcomes are offensive pass interference, which is a 10-yard penalty or an interception. On a deep throw, more often than not the interceptor is going to get tackled or pushed out of bounds immediately after the pick, so you're looking at the equivalent of a good punt with little or not return (say, a net of about 40-45 yards). The one scenario where it's really bad is if the pass is intercepted and there's a long return, but that would happen only if the defender can make the pick, stay on his feet and be far enough away from Ginn that he can't be tackled. That usually takes Ginn falling down or a really, really bad throw.

So we say, chuck it.

Now, even if the Dolphins go deep to Ginn, there's not always going to get the same overall results they got against Buffalo. Come on, nobody is expecting Ginn to gain 175 yards receiving every week, but there's no reason he can't be a factor every week.

A guy with his speed should not be averaging 9.8 yards per catch, which was his tally before the Buffalo game.

The Dolphins need to take some shots downfield with him every game, wether it be 15 yards downfield, 20 yards downfield, 40 yards downfield.

Sunday might have marked a big milestone for the Dolphins, the day Ted Ginn Jr. became a major factor on offense. The next opponent is Denver, which has been putrid against the pass and will be without star cornerback Champ Bailey for the next month or so.

The stage clearly is set for Ginn to have another big game.

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