Tony Sparano is not pleased with his coverage teams on special teams. Good thing because they sucked on coverage against Seattle.
The coach said the coverage teams gave up 72 yards after first contact. In other words, the Seahawks gained 72 yards after breaking the first tackle. And there were too many of those. Sparano counted 10 missed tackles on coverage teams.
So I asked him how he's going to fix that going forward.
"Keep shaking up things," he said.
That means possibly moving guys around and more likely cutting a guy (or two) on Tuesday. Sparano also suggested he will expand the amount of time Miami works on coverages in practice from two minutes during the 10-minute special teams period to perhaps twice that much.
The Dolphins used Andy Alleman on 33 snaps Sunday and he drew mixed reviews. "It was not all bad," Sparano said, "And it was definitely not all good."
The Dolphins seemed very much more impressed with Matt McChesney who is my pick to push Ikechuku Ndukwe for the starting right guard spot. Although he was signed last Tuesday, McChesney made a quick impression on coaches.
Sparano says he is "excellent" at pulling and trapping. He also said McChesney moved first-team Miami players off the ball during practice last week. No wonder there was confidence in the guy when the Dolphins went for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter and with McChesney in for the injured Justin Smiley (shoulder) at left guard, they ran over the left side.
And they converted.
McChesney practiced at both left and right guard last week so I see him as the guy coaches look at this week as a challenger at RG.
Check back in a while as I'll update this post with more information as I transcribe tape.