« Who will tell Parcells he's wrong? [updated] | Main | Get your Friday evening practice report here »

Tony Sparano's Friday afternoon interview

Coach Tony Sparano just finished his press conference this afternoon. The highlights:

He said the Quincy Carter workout went relatively well but didn't commit to signing the guy like right this minute. Not at all. "He threw the ball well," Sparano said.

The scrimmage on Saturday will offer an equal number of snaps for the three quarterbacks -- Chad Henne, Josh McCown and John Beck -- currently in camp. Sparano said the coaches are starting to turn up the heat on these guys as we get closer to preseason.

The coach definitely wants to see one of them step up and win the job and would prefer that player not be Henne right away. Understand what I am saying. The Dolphins think Henne is good, otherwise they wouldn't have drafted him. But they don't want him to be the starter right away. That's putting a rookie QB in a very tough position.

The Dolphins would like to see a spark from either Beck or McCown so those two can take the offense at least at the start of the season. If they keep their spot the entire season, then fine. If they struggle later on, then it would be Henne time.

The team has only a couple of more days -- Monday and Tuesday -- of installation, meaning the offense should be pretty much in place by the end of next week.

Remember the special teams practice this morning I told you bored me to tears? Sparano loved it! He said he learned reams of information from it!

And in case you're wondering, Reggie Torbor, Keith Davis and Charlie Anderson -- longtime special teams players -- were among those who impressed Sparano.

OK, next practice is at 5 p.m. Check back afterward for more stuff ...

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e200e553e4e57b8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Tony Sparano's Friday afternoon interview:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Apparently, Henne IS the best QB. He should start, we can't wait around for McCown to try and win 7 games. Henne is going to make a difference. This article kind of gives hope still that Beck will make a miraculous turnaround in 2 weeks, not going to happen. Start Henne and stay with Henne.

Didn't Marino start as a rookie? I'm not saying Henne is the next Marino, but did anyone know Marino was going to be the first Marino when they started him? I don't follow the logic, I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the effective rookie QBs in NFL history.

Marino started as a rookie in week five or six, not in Week One.

Wow. Good post mando. I have to admit, it's a rare occasion when i click on your blog and find some good insight or useful info. You're usually harping on some column you just wrote or telling us that "you told us so" regarding some insignificant detail. But this is a new nugget of intel for me regarding the quarterback situation.

Armando, do you know the format of the scrimmage? Is it one of those offense vs defense things where each side earns points? Or did they just split the players into two teams?

He may have started in week 6 but he played before that.
As for Henne, better to get him ready through games against the Jets and Cards before a possible McCown injury in the middle of the Pats game.

This is the only blog that I have read that Henne is out performing McNown. From every other blogger it appears that McNown and Beck are both stinking it up. Neither did a thing in the 2 minute drills yesterday and I believe McNown had a couple of TDs. Early in camp it starting to look like Parcells will be resurrecting another vet QBs career. Of course its early so anything can happen. I am still holding out hope that one of the two younger QBs will become something special sooner than later.

then why waste reps on henne? beck is really stinking it up so mccown is going to be the guy...which means that henne will take over after a few games. ugh...

How exactly is it apparent that Henne is the best QB? Because he threw two TDs in drills yesterday? Please!!!

Josh McCown will start on week 1.

If Beck makes the team it will suprise me...he is just not an impact player in this league.

Henne will start by mid-season.

Fins will suck and finish at 4-12.

We draft Tim Tebow next year and have our QB of the future!

Marino played mop-up week 3 against the Raiders, and made his first start week 6. He also had a hall-of-fame center(stephenson) a should-be-in-the-hall-of-fame guard in kuechenberg, and a perennial pro-bowler guard (roy foster). Henne has none of that. Henne shouldn't sniff the field until at least midseason.

I say let Henne play. If our record this year doesn't matter, than let him play. We know McCown will never be a consistently good QB in this league, we have seen that. We might as well get Henne some real game action so he is a year ahead of schedule. Our offensive line is pretty good and we should have a decent running game. he won't get killed like Beck did last year.

Dead on Jeff and I agree 100%. To the people who are constantly changing their names so they can stay anonymous, all of our e-mails are in the system. You are using a different name so Armando won't know it's you busting his grapes but he knows exactly who you are. We've already covered this. Just man up and use one name, you are entitled to your opinion no matter how ridiculously retarded it may be. And it's more fun when it comes time to play the I told you so game!

On the whole Beck situation. I'm starting to get nervous that he is one of those players who has a long term memory. He seems to remember all of his mistakes and then tries too hard not to make them again. Sometimes that's a good thing depending on the player but all of the check downs tell me he's so scared to make the same mistakes that he has lost a lot of confidence. Which is why he is constantly checking down to his backs. He needs to get out there and have some fun and stop playing so tight.

It's not fair to the rest of the team to just throw a rookie QB out there if the coaches don't feel he's ready. You have to play the guy who gives you the best chance to win. After the midway point if the team is clearly out of it and McCown or Beck aren't getting any better, then I'd give Henne a shot.

Lastly I am so against playing Henne in the first game. We might have already lost Beck because of Cams incompetence so there's no sense in rushing Henne along and killing his confidence as well. There's no reason that he can't step in for the last 4 games and still get the reps to prepare him for next season. Let the kid break in the right way. We can't compare this situation with the Marino situation. We're talking about one of the greatest QBS of all time compared to Henne. Does anyone think Henne will ever be as great as he was? I don't think there is a qb that will EVER be as much of a natural talent and pure passer as Danny boy!

There are two sides of the debate here in my opinion.

1. The people who think the best QB (in our opinions, Henne)should start.

2. The people who think McCown or Beck should start and stink up the place before starting Henne.

Well, then why if you think Henne is going to be the starter before the year is out do we waste time and energy on two other guys who won't be here next year. Haven't we done enough of that in the last ten years? Why not start the rookie and develop him NOW instead of keeping him on the bench until it's an emergency like last year?

NYScott, Henne might become a nice manage the game type of QB with a pretty good arm, but I don't think he will ever be an explosive and dominant QB like Dan Marino. But I guess it wouldn't hurt us if he did.

It sounds as if Beck is struggling with his new approach to throwing the ball over the top instead of 3/4. I've read that he's not throwing nice spirals in camp this year like he was last year. He's just going to have to work through it. Hopefully he can get it straightened out soon.

Tinshaker,

"It's not fair to the rest of the team to just throw a rookie QB out there if the coaches don't feel he's ready."

The key phrase is 'if the coaches don't feel he's ready." Fans don't decide who plays.

I don't think anyone is in favor of starting McCown or Beck so they can stink up the place before starting Henne. You don't know if that will be the case. How do you know Henne is the best QB on the team? Have you seen him play in the NFL?

We won't know where Beck and Henne stand for a couple more years.

I'm losing confidence in Beck as well, but its still too soon to tell. I know we are all desperatly searching for an anwser at QB. Playing Beck so inexpeirenced was a mistake, most people agree on that. I would not like to repeat that mistake with Henne. I don't care about one and done in the playoffs which is a big reach this year anyhow, so the win total this year is irelevant. The most important thing is to identify are talent and develop that talent into a cohesive team of talent. I don't think throwing Henne in their will accomplish that

agreed with Mr.Bungle on

"I don't think anyone is in favor of starting McCown or Beck so they can stink up the place before starting Henne. You don't know if that will be the case. How do you know Henne is the best QB on the team? Have you seen him play in the NFL?"

Mr Bungle, you don't seriously think that I'm suggesting I know any better than the coaches do you?

I'm simply expressing my opinion which is based on scouring the web for reports and videos, etc. I would be at the practices (not really, because I have a job that allows me to blog here and there but not skip out for hours at a time)and form a surer opinion if I could. But I stand by my opinion that the best employee should get the promotion, not the guy who's been biding his time and not producing. Bottom line, IF Henne outperforms the other two in camp/pre-season, I think he should be given the starting job, regardless of his being a rookie.

If you (not you personally) want to cite silly references to a rookie curse, etc, then I could argue both sides. Aikman was forced into starting his rookie year and was god awful. They were calling for his head! Year 2 - bounced back and outperformed EVERYONE. Marino, same thing, had a miserable end to his Rookie campaign, but then in year 2 had his best year ever. Manning had a GREAT rookie year, as did others. Now your argument is Henne is not Manning. But how do YOU know that until after the fact?

How do I know Henne is the best QB on the team? Because I watched McCown stink it up last year over here in California. I watched Beck have the worst performance out of any QB last year. And I've read nothing but Henne being faster on release, quicker thinker and most importantly, completing his passes in camp. He has thus far outperformed the other two. That's why I believe he's the best QB in Miami. Besides Kosar of course.

We seriously are only 1 week into this season and we are already deciding to sacrifice another rookie? For all of you Beck and McCown haters, have you not also read the posts praising Joey Porter and Holliday? They are getting to the qb instantly! I don't care who is throwing the ball, if you don't have protection you're going to struggle.
Think of the Browns situation with Anderson 2 years ago, he didn't even start the season as the starter, where is the guy now who played "a better training camp"? Let this play out and see what happens.

Tinshaker,

If Henne is the best QB come opening day, he'll be the starter and I don't have a problem with it.

Which Manning had a great rookie year? Peyton put up some numbers but also threw 28 INTs.

The defense is killing the offense for the most part and especially on passing downs. The new OL should benefit from that down the road because our defense seems to be bringing it.

With such a young team McClown will definitely be the starter come wk1 (unless he is injured). Until we know the strength of the offensive line, his scrambling ability and previous experience will be invaluable. However, I would be surprised if he makes it past the midpoint of the season as the starter. I figure that all three QB's will start at some point this season. The biggest question in my mind is finding out if Henne is mentally tougher than Beck, who can not get over his poor play of last year. I just hope that with the poor QB play our running backs survive the eight and nine men in the box they are going to see.

Chad Henne became the starter when he spoke to Parcells before the draft. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. Anyone who believes otherwise is a moron.

Well Armando

I guess Sparanos comments just reinforces the notion that you know absolutely nothing about this game. Maybe you can spare us all and move to covering Jai'Alai or bocce. Your opinions suck, special teams may only be 8-12 plays a game but they are very important, and often determine the outcome. And you saying you were bored is disgusting...But you've been on ESPN right???

Anvil, when you say something like "your opinions suck," you prove yourself an idiot. How's that studying for the GED going?

I don't know if it's Beck being rattled from last year or the change in his throwing motion during the offseason that he's not confident in.

Start McCown and I don't care if only has 100 yards a game as long as he doesn't turn the ball over. Eat up the clock so the defense doesn't get to tired, and don't give up good field position on special teams. I doubt the coaches are expecting stellar QB numbers and are devising their game plans accordinly. If Ronnie can run like last year he'll run over the whole team in the box. Throw check down passes I prefer that to an INT. If McCown turns it over put in Beck, if he turns it over put McCown back in. Give Henne some time to develop on the sideline (tony romo/tom brady) thats what parcells does

Mr Bungle - Peyton, he set several records was the bright spot on an abyssmal team not that unlike the fins last year. I'm not saying starting Henne will win us more games, I just think it would be best to get all his nerves and potentially horrible mistakes out of the way this year than starting from scratch next year.

Pricemaster - though this contradicts my stance on Henne, I disagree with you wholeheartedly. If the fins intended to start Henne when they drafted him, they would've drafted him in the first round. They also would've given him a bigger contract.

Armando, why didn't you give us the details of the scrimmage like the Post? Are they the only ones carrying pens to practice?

Hey mando I think the bashing is getting to you. I see you respond more nowadays to someone trying to irk you than someone with a real response or real question. Not that I don't like your reporting, but people ask you a question and you don't respond and someone says something that shouldn't get dignified with a response and you hurl an insult back at them. It only encourages them to do it more often

Phinatic, true. Although the live blog yesterday was a pretty good delineation from this trend.

speeking of that I have a question who was the best tackler and the best blocker on the special teams coverage? Any rooks/on the edge players whos performance might help them make the team? I always thought Ginn was better at returning punts than kickoffs and aren't kickoffs more dangerous as far as injuries, whos fielding the kickoffs right now?

yeah the live blog was good, couldn't make it in time though.

I'll be at the practice tommorow wearing my ronnie brown jerrsey and a smile, I'll let you guys know my take on things

Phinatic, can you try and see if any of the QBs are getting any extra attention from the coaches, via looks/whispers/coaching etc. I know it would only add even more speculation but it's more fun than sitting and waiting quietly.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy this blog is reading Armando's pissed-off responses to people. Good point phinatic about his tendency to respond to the pointless posts instead of answering the good questions. I like to read different blogs for my phins info and I always see Omar answering questions and not acting like he's better than everyone.

got it Tinshaker, I'm also going to pay attention to if the lack of quality at QB is due to defensive coverage/pass rush or bad passes/decision making

JEFF wrote........


Marino played mop-up week 3 against the "Raiders, and made his first start week 6. He also had a hall-of-fame center(stephenson) a should-be-in-the-hall-of-fame guard in kuechenberg, and a perennial pro-bowler guard (roy foster). Henne has none of that. Henne shouldn't sniff the field until at least midseason."


WRONG!!! yes, dan had a couple good o-linemen, but dan marino could READ AN NFL DEFENSE FAST and that is what made him good right off AND the fact he could shake off mistakes and learn from them.

john beck CAN NOT read and nfl defense fast enough and if you have noticed, as per sparanos words. they have TURNED UP THE HEAT the last few days throwing more of the playbook at them.

BECK has FAILED MISERABLY and HENNE has EXELLED!!

not every rookie qb is ruined by getting started year one. look at trent edwards in buffalo! he is doing good and he made PLENTY of mistakes and was sacked plenty!

but, he can READ AN NFL DEFENSE fast and that is the difference!

i actually hope the finz DO NOT get caught up in age old cliches and wives tales about not starting rookies or giving it to the vet, even though he was outplayed in camp and pre season [see wanny and jay] just because the VET is a VET and was here first.

PRODUCTION should be rewarded! play the people who ARE getting it done and nurture that, dont sit them as there reward for playing well as dolphins staffs have done so much in the past.

and back to marino, don shula did what bill/sparano is doing with the qb's now, rotating them in with the first teams to see how they all do with equally GOOD talent, and seeing how they handle REAL, 1st string defense!

an NFL qb's career depends on how well and how fast he can read an nfl defense. fast arm, strong arm, week arm, slow arm, it does NOT matter if you can NOT read the defense.

and this is becks problem and the hotter it gets, the WORSE he does. henne THRIVES under pressure and make bigger throws when things get hot.

mistakes are one thing, you can survive them as an nfl starting rookie.

not being able to read a defense you cant get over. and that is why beck was bad last year and it is why he is REGRESSING now!

and he knows it. its catching up to him fast!

i pray to the football godz that if henne keeps doing what he has in camp and he does it in pre season games, the finz will START HIM and let him work out whatever he needs to ON THE FIELD!!

we are NOT going to the superbowl, so let the kid get his game together THIS YEAR so next year we dont have a 4-6 game glorified rookie coming in with a better [or should be] team!


HUSSEIN: wasnt good for iraq, wont be good for america. CHANGE? its not always for the better!


To all you dorks crying about Armando answering questions, he spent an hour answering questions yesterday in a live chat. Where were all your great questions then?

Meanwhile, I appreciate the job Armando does. As usual he's kicking butt and taking names. That's why I noticed when the Dolphins made a roster move earlier this week, he had it before anyone. Omar? ZZZZZZZZZ.

Many of you forget the whole purpose of camps, try stuff out see where weaks and strengths are then try your best guess in the pre-season. Then by the time real games roll around you have an idea who goes where. Beck Henne Mc, from what I've seen, and heard repeated from you guys, it doesn't matter who you put in, they are all about the same level. so in a week flip a coin and decide who plays.

FACT: All three have looked inconsistant.

This is one week of practise and we are hanging guys out to dry. After watching Beck last year, he seemed out of touch. Even fearful of making a mistake. If Lemon would have had a better team around him, he would still be a Dolphin.
I don't know how they determine a starter during a practise.
I would start each guy as a game time decision. Whoever controls the game the best and wins more games, wins the contest and wins the position. Give them each a start in the first 6 games. Take out the starter if he stinks up the field.
I know that this is not done in the NFL.
But.... Just because someone said you have to do something a certain way, doesn't mean you are prevented from innovation. Quarterbacking by committee may not a bad way to go.

This is one week of practise and we are hanging guys out to dry. After watching Beck last year, he seemed out of touch. Even fearful of making a mistake. If Lemon would have had a better team around him, he would still be a Dolphin.
I don't know how they determine a starter during a practise.
I would start each guy as a game time decision. Whoever controls the game the best and wins more games, wins the contest and wins the position. Give them each a start in the first 6 games. Take out the starter if he stinks up the field.
I know that this is not done in the NFL.
But.... Just because someone said you have to do something a certain way, doesn't mean you are prevented from innovation. Quarterbacking by committee may not a bad way to go.

This is one week of practise and we are hanging guys out to dry. After watching Beck last year, he seemed out of touch. Even fearful of making a mistake. If Lemon would have had a better team around him, he would still be a Dolphin.
I don't know how they determine a starter during a practise.
I would start each guy as a game time decision. Whoever controls the game the best and wins more games, wins the contest and wins the position. Give them each a start in the first 6 games. Take out the starter if he stinks up the field.
I know that this is not done in the NFL.
But.... Just because someone said you have to do something a certain way, doesn't mean you are prevented from innovation. Quarterbacking by committee may not a bad way to go.

The comments to this entry are closed.