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Sparano speaks following Wednesday OTA drills

Coach Tony Sparano just got done talking to the media today.

He has no information on the Michael Lehan injury yet. Lehan was scheduled for an afternoon x-ray or MRI exam to determine the exact seriousness of the injury suffered during practice today. Sparano said he believed it was an ankle injury.

Some other highlights:

Sparano confirmed he has talked to Jason Taylor since the weekend and during that meeting made it clear to Taylor that the Dolphins want him in camp and on the team.

"I wanted to make it clear to Jason that we as an organization want him back here, and that I was anxious to see him running around here with his teammates," Sparano said. "I think Jason left with a pretty clear understand of that from my end."

But ... Sparano also made it clear the meeting hasn't really changed the situation. The coach said he did not regret saying Taylor was not showing up for training camp, even though Taylor called that "premature," at a press conference over the weekend.

Even after the meeting  meant to clear the air, Sparano said "nothing's changed," as he understands Taylor's intentions to not report to training camp.

"The information I had then is the information that I have now," Sparano said.

Sparano would not say whether he will fine Taylor for missing this weekend's mandatory minicamp. But does he really have a choice? I think not.


Sparano said something about his quarterbacks that we've known about Miami quarterbacks for some time. They are inconsistent. He said one quarterback will have a good practice and make it his, but then another guy will step up in the next practice while somebody else steps back.

"Every period you may see somebody grab the period, take control of the period," Sparano said.

Obviously the guy who is most consistent will win the job. But so far no one is consistent.

These guys are workers, however. Although the Dolphins did not work last week, all three quarterbacks were at the facility, learning more about the offense.


Speaking of inconsistent, David Kircus dropped a couple of passes in practice today. Sparano said he's gotten bigger and stronger and "is catching the ball pretty well." Not today.


Of the receiver corps, Sparano said he likes the way "the group is coming together," but he admits, "we still have a lot of work to do."


Running back Ronnie Brown's progress continues at a good pace. He's getting more carries and more repetitions than he did earlier in the OTA workouts.

"Each one of these practices, he's been able to do a little bit more and that's good for us and good for Ronnie," Sparano said.


Sparano said by the end of this weekend's mandatory minicamp the team will have "a pretty large portion of what we're all about in," meaning the installation of the offense and defense will be close to complete.

"It'll be the first full time around the horn for them," Sparano said.

By the way, this weekend's minicamp is CLOSED to the public. But I will be here so check back often for updates.


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mccown will be the starter but i think both beck and mccown aren't the answer. better pray that henne learns fast.

With a probably two-back system, the guy with the best arm will start. You need the threat of throwing deep to open up the field for the RB's. Personally I look at Beck and see someone who just isn't built for the NFL. McCown had not proved himself worthy in Oakland. No one wants to say it out loud, but Henne is the best prospect. He has the physical attributes, just a matter of his mental capabilities now. The Fins are not in a position to name a starter before playing pre-season games. They should push each QB as if he is the starter anyway.

Why do you think Beck and McCown are not the answer? Beck has a lot of talent to go with a superior work ethic give the kid a chance. Last year around this time a good chunk of you "fans" were calling Ronnie Brown a bust and now are all on his bandwagon. Here is a little secret, from a fan percpective, at least half the teams in the NFL the most popular QB on the team is the back-up. That is till he actually gets in the game. We seen it for years here when guys like Ray Lucas, Brian Griese, John Beck (yes last year everyone wanted him to play).

last year everyone wanted him to play because the only other option was a LEMON.

exactly. he couldn't beat out cleo lemon and it looks like he won't seperate himself from josh mccown. beck can't beat out two deadbeats for christ's sake.


Ummm, isn't Beck and Henne the same height and close to the same weight? Yet, you say that Beck isn't built for the NFL, but yet Henne has all the physical attributes.

Nice Matt, your are correct, they are both a little over 6'2. Beck has a very good arm and quick release. Better accuracy and more TD's in college and is more mobile. I like Henne but think Beck can be good

its not that John didn't "beat out" Lemon, cameron kept him out saying i don't want to rush him. that pit game was a joke in the pouring rain, ricky getting hurt and we still almost got our first W. give the guy a break. he had no time to throw and the defense was on him faster than the ball could get to him in the shotgun.

that will all change. John has a great arm, good size and is a smart guy that works hard. he has spent from when the new staff came in til now working with the new QB coach. we are not even in camp yet. support all of the guys.

mando, great comprehensive report.

Thanks HP,

I like them both. May the best man win as long as the Dolphins are successful.

I just don't like uninformed hateful comments from people who probably couldn't hold any of these QBs' jocks.

tinshaker, why is Beck not built for the NFL, but Henne is? They're pretty much the same size. Beck measured 6-2, 215 at the combine, but is reported to have put on 10-15 pounds. Henne measured 6-2, 225 at the combine. How is one built for the NFL while the other isn't?

beck got pulled against the bills for lemon. lemon outplayed him the entire year. the reason beck has more college touchdowns is because he played in a gimmick offense against weak competition.

beck admitted that he weights 218 lbs. henne weights 230 lbs and is just a hairline under 6'3''

by the way the new qb coach david lee was a failure in dallas until he got lucky with romo.

It appears the John Beck hater is back under a new name. Give a rest and see how it plays out.

i'm not a hater. i'm realistic

And Bill Belichek was a failure in Cleveland and New England till he got Tom Brady. Not a valid arguement.

Well everywhere I've looked, Henne is listed as a larger build than Beck. If any of you can remember, Beck was considerably underweight when he started last year. He may have been 'listed' as 216 lbs, but I recall watching games and fearing he would be snapped like a twig thanks to our weak OL.

Also, I want to make it clear I am not endorsing Henne. I am simply saying I don't think Beck is the answer. Great College player, but I am unsure of his potential in the NFL.

there is no way that beck is 6'2'' no way in hell.

Who know's maybe McCown may actually be a decent QB. He hasn't played on the best teams in his career...Arizona, Detroit, Oakland.

Eric, I can't say he's not 6'2" but as a 6'3" guy myself, he doesn't seem to be close to my height. That said, it was reported that when he was playing last year he weighed in at 185 lbs.

Eric is a Jet fan his posts on another prominent fins blog speak for themselves.

i'm not a jets fan. amazing man just because i'm realistic and not expecting much from this team makes me a jets fan huh?

I think Armando is a Jets fan.

Sorry guys, but any of you see the list of receivers that we have? Not even Brady nor Manning can be good with those, we definitly improved the OL (I think we're 1 guard short) and R&R running is great but at least until next year (if we get a GOOD receiver) that leads the tema (Ginn and Wilkford can be number 2 receiver) no QB is going to look good.

i believe armando is actually a broncos fan. i agree manuel.


True. Very true. I agree with almost everything you said, but I don't like that you even considered having Brady on the Dolphins. What the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously though, We do seem to have loads of talent on the ground, and completely vulnerable as far as the air game goes. I think the new office heads have missed the plot there. Maybe they know something we don't, like the coming season is going to be time-warped back to the 1930s when all you did was run the ball.

Beck wasn't at 185 last year but he did dip below 210 and is now up to 218.

What is so hard to understand about John Beck being 6-2? He measured in at 6-2 1/8 216 at the combine in 07.

I live in Dallas and it is widely known here that The Trifeca liked Beck coming out of college. I think the job is Beck's to lose. He may not have size but was Montana really that big of a guy? Please undertstand that is not a talent comparison but one of size and stature.

You can't correct all the years of bad drafts and management in one season. It looks like "smash mouth football" this year with the
skill positions to follow next.
Just to see some toughness and a will to win will work for me. Last years team was way too soft.

Miami Steve if they liked Beck so much why did they draft Chad Henne?

They should have drafted Joe Flacco out of Delaware but the Ravens beat us to it because they knew we wanted him. Flacco is the real deal. We play the Ravens this year so we'll see how he does against us.

Jake, the reason the trifecta drafted Henne is because they want to maximize the competition at the QB position. McCown is a young veteran not yet 30 who has been inconsistent in his career and Beck is still unproven. Competition is a good thing, it's not a knock on Beck.

henne isn't in the competition so what are you talking about? the competition has been between mccown and beck and will continue to be.

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