Ginn Saga Continues

Everybody seems to have an opinion these days on what's wrong with Ted Ginn Jr. and what to do with him in terms of playing time. Everbody, that is, except Ted Ginn Jr.

Ginn once again blew off the media Wednesday, two days after passing word through a team representative that he would be talking on this day. Instead, Ginn never showed up in the locker room during the media session.

Ginn didn't speak after the game on Sunday, which might have been somewhat understandable given his really poor performance.

Still, Coach Tony Sparano scored a lot of points with the media -- and, we assume, the fans as well -- by publicly taking responsibility to the bad timeout the Dolphins took late in the first half of the New Orleans game.

Sparano explained his move by saying that he wanted to make himself accountable because he wants his players to do the same.

Well, Ginn is dropping the ball in that aspect.

Of course, the obvious joke is that dropping the ball is something Ginn is used to these days.

All kidding aside, maybe Ginn wouldn't be so harshly criticized if he had stepped up and faced the music. Sure, there's not a ton he could say about constantly dropping passes and overall being a massive disappointment, but players who face the media win or lose, good or bad, always seem to earn more respect from the media, the fans and, we suspect, their teammates.

All of that is secondary to the real issue here, and that's Ginn's continued disappointing performance.

Forget about Ginn justifying his draft status, now it's merely about Ginn actually making a play and stopping to drop passes and run out of bounds a yard before the first-down marker.

But is that ever going to happen? It's been two years and six games now, and we'll borrow a line from Bill Parcells here: Ginn is what his record says he is.

That's a player with a lot of speed, but one lacking size, toughness, dependable hands and savvy as a wide receiver.

So has the time come to bench Ginn? ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported this week the Dolphins had decided to reduce his playing time, and nothing that happened on Wednesday would lead us to believe there's no merit to that.

Ginn didn't take his place with the first-team offense during the open portion of practice on Wednesday; he was replaced by rookie Brian Hartline, who started the preseason finale at New Orleans.

Sparano refused to comment on the ESPN report after practice Wednesday, and when he was asked point blank whether Ginn had lost his starting job offered a rather interesting answer: "Just shuffling some things around in practice, doing some of those things, just make sure everybody is on their toes.

"We'll see where we are at the end of the week," Sparano later said. "Right now, I'm just kind of upsetting the whole apple cart and let's see how this thing goes. I don't want to say yes, I don't way to say no right now. Today we just said, let's let it fly and we've got five guys there that are playing this position, so let's let them all work and see where we go from there."

At this point, benching Ginn very well might be a case of addition by subtraction because it's difficult to argue with the notion that right now he's hurting the team more than he's helping it.

We also have to wonder whether there was any market for Ginn before the Oct. 20 trading deadline. If there was, the Dolphins should have cut their losses.

It would be sad to think they could have gotten something of value for Ginn but didn't want to trade him because he had the long touchdown catch against the Jets. Plays like that have been way too few and far between, and there's little reason at this point to think that's going to change.

The one consolation, if you want to call it that, when it comes to Ginn is that the fans who were upset the Dolphins took him in 2007 wanted the Dolphins to take Brady Quinn instead.

And it's not as though he's tearing up the league, either.


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