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Sunday press conference with Tony Sparano

Coach Tony Sparano just got done speaking to the media. The highlights:

The coach explained that veteran guard Steve McKinney didn't practice Saturday afternoon because that is how the team will bring him along as he continues to recover from his knee surgery. He will practice in the daily practices when the team has only one session. But on days the team is doing two sessions, he will workout only the morning.

"He was the furtherest away, the most recent knee injury if you will, that we had," Sparano said. "He was cleared but his progression was a little bit slower. He'll rehab in the afternoon and practice in the morning. He'll practice again today."

A couple of you took exception to me dismissing newly signed receiver Anthony Armstrong as the answer to Miami's receiver issues. Okay, here's what Sparano said about the kid today. I love Anthony Armstrong. He rocks! He is the next coming of Randy Moss!

"The one thing we knew with Anthony is he can run," Sparano said, dismissing the notion the kid uses a walker. "He really can run. So when we had the opportunity and, we're looking for speed, we had the opportunity to bring in a guy with speed and we took a shot on him, brought him in, worked him out, and signed him."

A star is born!

In all seriousness, I think Armstrong is much improved following his Arena League stint as his hands are better than they used to be. But he has to work on the route-running. The speed, as you might guess, is pretty good.

It is interesting that no one really wrote about the first round pick on the first day of camp. That's a good thing because it means Jake Long did not make any disastrous mistake nor embarrass himself.

Sparano on what surprises him about Long so far:

"What surprised me just a little with Jake, I knew his run-blocking ability," Sparano said. "I think we all did. And I knew he could play left tackle. But his feet are really, really good. When he gets out in space, these are the things he does well. He can adjust in space in the second level and those things. If you can find linemen that can play at the second level, it sounds easy, but it's not the case. The second level is not the comfort zone for linemen. When you can find ones that can play at the second level, that will help your team."

Sparano said he was pleased with rookie QB Chad Henne in his first practice, Saturday afternoon after he missed the morning drills. "I was pleased with him yesterday," Sparano said. "...He did a pretty nice job with the practice schedule."

Henne had to review what he missed from the first practice and did that last night. Sparano said John Beck and Henne will get the work today (up) while Josh McCown does not (down).

The tight end job intrigues, not just in the search for a starter but the search for roster spots.

It should concern David Martin that the coaching staff is "getting to know," him according to Sparano while he says they are very familiar with Anthony Fasano, Sean Ryan, and Justin Peelle. Martin? Not so much.

Finally, if you guys live in South Florida and are among the throngs of folks that get one of the three local papers, you probably saw the full-page ad Jason Taylor took out to thank the fans.

Taylor thanked the folks in The Miami Herald, which circulates in Miami-Dade and Broward, and thanked the folks in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which circulates primarily in Broward. He did not put an ad in The Palm Beach Post, the paper that dominates in Palm Beach County.

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Maybe Taylor should post an ad in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, too?....Just to make sure he covers all bases. Unbelievable, Mando. It was a nice gesture. Leave it at that.

Armondo, fans did not take exception to your dismissing Armstrong as "the answer" so much as your assumption that the Fins brought him in to "BE" the answer. What a ridiculous assertion that was.

They need bodies at WR and figured they would see what the guy has, that's it!!! Any dummy, or worse, a causual fan like me, could figure that one out.

I know it can be difficult for all of us to really think before we speak sometimes, but thinking before we publish?

Armando - it was a great gesture from Taylor and again you find away take a shot at him. You're a big man behind the keyboard.

Armando - I am surprised JT did not sent you a picture of the longest finger on his hand. Did you have to practice a lot to be such a dillhole, or were you born that way?

Armando, I know we've all given you a hard time on your blogs, and many times you've deserved it, but you're correct in your comment about JT leaving out PB County. And btw your blog articles are improved from what they used to be, when you were on the rag all the time. I appreciate the updates and the detailed information you've been able to provide.

It was a nice gesture from JT. How many other sports stars do this when they leave? Did Shaq, Randy Moss, etc. show this kind of gesture. He was a great Dolphin and has done a whole lot more for this area than you ever have. Sorry.

Keep talking about football, please !

:-(

Eff JT

"It was a nice gesture from JT. How many other sports stars do this when they leave?"

Johnny Damon did it when he left the Red Sox to go to the Yankees.

Who is Jason Taylor?

thanks for reporting on Phillip Merling and Quentin Moses.....not.... while I love hearing about why our back-up center/guard didn't practice I'd still rather hear about 2 FUTURE faces of the franchise

thanks for reporting on Phillip Merling and Quentin Moses.....not.... while I love hearing about why our back-up center/guard didn't practice I'd still rather hear about 2 FUTURE faces of the franchise

thanks for reporting on Phillip Merling and Quentin Moses.....not.... while I love hearing about why our back-up center/guard didn't practice I'd still rather hear about 2 FUTURE faces of the franchise

Taylor has way more class than Armando, that's for sure.

But here is the real issue SAVE_US.Y2J, Jonny Damon didn't post the ad in Maine for the fans here. So...

Mando, Is that truly the conclusion that you have drawn about JT? I mean, really? is that what you think?

How petty. I am sure that JT and the folks in Palm Beach appreciate you bringing it to their attention.

How did you manage to turn everything back on to JT, rather than the fact that you are doing no evaluations of what you are seeing? I want to read about HOW the QB's are doing, not just when they are practicing. I want to read about how the secondary is looking, as well as the receivers. I couldn't care less about your opinion of JT's Good will gesture. You are using JT to cover for your lack of coverage. Stop it.

Low class Salguero, low class to swipe at the guy after he made a gesture to say thanks to the fans. I understand you're a cynic but I never thought you were a jerk.

The man gave his heart and soul to our team. JT gives his appreciation to the fans and all you can do is find a reason to insult him. JT never got arrested or acted like an ahole. Taylor has more class in his spincter than the douches who take shots at him. Washington will love the guy as will Dallas with Zach. Thanks JT, your efforts were truly appreciated by most fans and you will be missed.

Waste of time to take little swipes at Taylor. Maybe report about how the QB's are doing rather than do a one line synical "Henne looked OK"

I actually dont get angry at Armando for taking his shots, because I truly believe he does it just to stir up sh-- so he gets more hits on his blog. Good way to keep his job in this day and age of newspapers constantly downsizing. He is just lucky that JT is a class act and not one of those Thugz4life. If that was the case he would probably end up curbed like the guy in American History X.

Armando,
Your such a child. Really, grow up!

Armondo, go away. just go away. Get a job. Get a life. Whatever it is that you wanted to do in life and didn't, pursue it now. Please don't make Dolphins fans suffer any more, and jet, buffalo, and patriot fans love you more each day. You remind me of Sean Hannity, just a political hack, or in you case, a hack wanna bee. Exactly who writes your check, because I'm thinking that there are a few dolphin fans out there that would like to apply for your job. You wouldn't make a pimple on Dan Lebatards a--. You simply cannot write fact, only opinion in the dullest moments before meeting some deadline conjured up by the inept person writing your paycheck. I hope the entire Dolphin organization blackballs you from any Dolphin news.

Wish Taylor would stop haunting us. Go away and be irrelevant, Jason Taylor

Ed, My problem with the bit is that he had no real info about camp today, but that one line about JT has everyone glossing over that fact. Omar actually gave us some info about what he saw. People who were there have given info about what they saw. Mando gave us the QB schedule that is EVERYWHERE, and a shot at JT for not putting an ad in every paper in the entire SE. Now everyone is back to JT, instead of saying "HEY, where is any info about how ANYBODY did today?" JT was his subject matter all off season, and now that he is gone, he will actually have to report something. Let's see what you got, Mando. So far, not much. I don't want to end up one of the guys always ragging on you here, but you have to bring more than you did this entry. We're in camp now, not just biding our time.

It sounds to me like Mando wasn't taking a swipe at JT as much as he was at the Palm Beach Post. I have no problem with Mando being a "company man." All I know is that he gives better coverage of the Dolphins than any one else, and he's not even a Dolphins fan. I for one appreciate the play by play and insight. Mando, keep up all the play by play. Out here in Vegas, I need my daily fix. Don't worry about borring us with too many details, the more the better. Thanks again.

Folks, you guys are right about that little jab I took and I edited it out. I was wrong to take the shot I took. I spoke to the Jason Taylor camp and told them I was wrong.

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