Welcome to the first edition of “Ask Agler,” which is basically The Finsiders mailbag. Each and every week, I’ll take reader submitted questions about the team, the radio show, the Fintern, whatever, and do my best to answer them for you.
BuckeyeDolFan, Geneva, OH: So what do you think of the Greg Camarillo trade?
Agler: I like it. Ask me again in six weeks and I could have a totally different answer. But right now, I like it. The fact of the matter is that this front office and coaching staff did not see Camarillo as a top three receiver. So, do you keep him as a fourth guy, coming out only a handful of times every game, or trade him away for a need? You get a decent nickel corner in Benny Sapp from Minnesota, so at this point it looks like a win-win, because the Vikings receiving corps is a huge mess right now. Of course, if Camarillo turns into Welker 2.0 with Favre and friends, it’ll be frustrating. Meanwhile, Sapp will join the radio show today, so make sure not to miss that one. Ft. Lauderdale kid is very happy to be home.
Rodney, Charleston, SC: Who is the funniest guy on the team? Most serious or intimidating?
Agler: There are a couple of amusing guys, but I would probably have to go with Channing Crowder. My interactions with him have thus far been pretty limited, but he’s always smiling and has something fun to say. Meanwhile, answering the question of who is most intimidating is far easier for me: Cameron Wake. Dude came on the radio show a couple of weeks ago and was all business. As we were waiting for the interview to start he was just sitting there and let’s just say I wasn’t about to crack any jokes.
Shay, Central Il: I feel like this year’s team COULD be really special. Just wondering if you have the same vibe or if this is just wishful thinking. Are we there yet??
Agler: Are we there yet? No. Could this team be really special? Yeah. Look, I’m a big schedule guy. I think that the way the schedule fell in 2008 was one of the two big reasons for the historical turnaround (the other, more important reason, was that it seemed like nobody got hurt). San Diego, Seattle, Oakland, and San Francisco ALL had to fly east to take on the Fins. Miami won all four of those games. The Dolphins only had long trips to Arizona (a loss) and Denver (a win). Imagine if instead, there were two home games out of those six and they had to travel west four times. They could have easily gone 2-4 in those games as opposed to 4-2. If they do? No playoffs. And so let’s look at this year: the first half of the schedule is pretty brutal. However, if they can weather the storm, this thing is set up for them to get red hot down the stretch. And we all know that getting hot late can lead to special things happening in the post-season. So are they there? No. Not yet. Could they get there at some point this season? Definitely. And if they do, things could be special.
Chef Brian: Who was responsible for putting the finsiders team together? You guys seem to have great chemistry and the show comes over the air smooth. It’s obvious that some time went into choosing the cast, just wondered who should get the kudos.
Agler: If the good chef wants to give me an opportunity to kiss-up to my bosses, so be it. First of all, thanks for the kind words, really appreciate it. Wayne Partello is our direct supervisor, this project is kind of his baby and he has made a lot of the decisions that have helped turn the show and this site into what they are. Jim Rushton and Mike Dee have also had a lot of input, so if you’re looking to write a thank you note, I’d address it to all three of those guys.
Meanwhile, I’ve got some bonus content courtesy of Chef Brian. Not a question, but a comment. And a hilarious one. Over on our message board, he was asking me for help getting his avatar to show up during the live chat (weekday afternoons from 5-7). I told him that I was not the man to answer his question and that, if he could believe it, the Fintern might be the guy to speak to. His response? “Seriously? Fintern?? Maybe Ill just stick to drawing little avatars on my monitor during the live chat.”
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