|NFL DRAFT: Dolphins fans unhappy with selection of Ginn|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 28 April 2007 09:57|
With Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn on the board, the Dolphins decided against addressing their most glaring need in the first round and instead took Ohio State receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr.
Thirty minutes after selecting Ginn, new coach Cam Cameron made a three-minute appearance at a draft party in the Dolphins' indoor practice bubble. Fans greeted him with boos and continued to jeer as he spoke, and some made a thumbs-down gesture.
``Hey, we need that thumb to go this direction,'' Cameron said, pointing his upward. ``Ted Ginn is going to be someone you're going to enjoy watching play for a long, long time as a Miami Dolphin.''
During Cameron's speech, some fans began to cheer for Ginn. Others responded with a chant of ``Brady! Brady!''
Fans had geared up for Miami to select a quarterback in the opening round for only the third time in 40 years, and for the first time since Dan Marino in 1983.
Even Ginn was surprised by the Dolphins' decision.
``For sure when Brady Quinn was there, and you know Miami is hurting for a quarterback right now, and Brady Quinn is a great quarterback, to be in competition with him and for me to beat him out was good,'' Ginn said. ``I guess the coaches saw something in me that they liked.''
Cameron's relationship with Ginn dates back nearly a decade. Ginn's father, Ted Sr., is head coach at Glenville High School in Cleveland, and Cameron met a 13-year-old Ted Jr. while recruiting as head coach at Indiana.
``We drafted the Ginn family,'' Cameron said. ``Ted Ginn and his family will give us everything they have.''
While Ginn won't solve Miami's unsettled quarterback situation, he may make the Dolphins' quarterback better. And he's likely to bolster a sputtering offense that's been the primarily culprit in the team's five-year playoff drought.
Ginn scored 26 touchdowns at Ohio State, including a Big Ten-record six returning punts. He made 59 catches for 781 yards and nine scores as a junior last year, and he was the second receiver drafted, behind Calvin Johnson, who went to the Detroit Lions with the No. 2 pick.
Ginn shrugged off his awkward role in the Dolphins' unpopular decision.
``I can't really worry about how the fans feel about the pick,'' he said. ``I can just worry about how I can come in and change the game for them.''
Ginn returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the BCS national championship game against Florida, then sprained his left foot in the end zone celebration and missed the rest of the game. He said he's now 80 to 90 percent and expects to be healthy for the Dolphins' minicamp in June.