If you have been paying attention you know coach Tony Sparano swears by what happens at practice. If players don't practice well, they don't play. Don't believe that, ask Ernest Wilford. If stuff doesn't work in practice, Sparano has serious misgivings about using it in games.
If his team doesn't practice well overall, that worries Sparano.
Conversely, when the Dolphins practice well, Sparano says, they typically win.
So I asked the question today looking for the answer that ultimately may determine Miami's success Sunday. I asked Sparano today if he team practiced well.
"Really good," he said almost proudly. "There was a lot of attention to detail. There was one focus and that was on the task at hand."
Later in his answer Sparano said his team was, "Really sharp on both sides of the ball."
If you recall, Sparano was not happy with the way the Dolphins practiced the first two weeks of the season and, not coincidentally, they lost those first two games. So coaches forced the team to practice with more intensity the week before the first New England game. (Not sure if whips were involved). The Dolphins won that game.
Sparano said his team learned how to practice that week. And the team has built on what it learned about the importance of practice. The coach believes the Dolphins have achieved a high level of achievement in practice and that is one reason, he believes, they are on a four-game win streak.
Given all that, you should feel good the coach is pleased with his team's first day of practice as it prepares for Sunday's HUGE game against New England.
On another interesting and important front, the Dolphins had everyone practice today. The team is reporting ZERO injuries. Amazing.
The Patriots had four players that did not practice Wednesday and one other that was limited in practice. LB Eric Alexander (hamstring), RB LaMont Jordan (calf), LB Adalius Thomas (forearm), and CB Jonathan Wilhite (flu) did not practice. DT Richard Seymour (toe) was limited.