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Miami Dolphins take 'really good' step to victory

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.

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i hope wilford gets a chance to play this sunday, he needs a chance and he is better than london and bess

That sounds a little like physch 101 to me. Tear them down and build them up. No negatives this week. Keep it positive and focused. Last thing the players need is someone jumping on them for a missed assignment.

Go get em Phins

Hmmm. consistency with the Dolphin system. Haven't seen that in a looooong time since Shula. Gotta love what we're seeing!!!

Wilford?? R U Crazy he's not on the field for a reason.... no wonder you didn't leave your name.

Mando,

See this is what am talking about, give us some news that may benefit the fins on sunday, NOT FREE AGENCY IN NOVEMBER anyways, fins fans have to love the way sparano wont let the players relex or drink the COOLAID coach keep those boys hungrey, it should be pretty easy on sunday.

27-10 fins!!!!!!!!!!!!

Two posts in one day, that is great. More time spent wasted at work for the beloved fins...

As for the direction of the team, it makes you wonder what was wrong last season.... (rhetorical). The fins are great to watch, yes they make your heart stop and put your hands over your forehead, but nevertheless this team, it reminds me of the winning days.

All good signs. I love the way Sparano works and I really love how, as opposed to past regimes who were reported (from the herald, BTW), he's not trying to get the team to "buy into" the system. Where are these talks? Plain and simple, it's good not to here those words in any order. Let's hope for good things this weekend.

Thanks for the article, Armando!

It seems that Sparano can get the most out of his players and they focus on everything he says. Parcells is an amazing guy to have around the team. The mental aspects of pushing the right buttons with players and coaches get them motivated. The team looks like its ready for battle and opposed to last year, seem determinded to win at all costs. Its what football is all about, love this team.

Wilford? You are kidding, right? Even Jeff knows he and Bill layed an egg with that one.

As i said the comment i left in the last article. "If we execute, we will win this game." Good practices leads to good execution. If the better team executes, the vast majority of the time that team will win. We have been the better team going into the last few weeks and we will be again the better team going into Sunday. The question IS are we going to execute? Hopefully since we are haveing a good weeks practice we will.

Wilford sucks. He doesn't deserve playing time, he certainly doesn't deserve to have the salary he has, and he damn sure doesn't deserve to have a job! WILFORD SUCKS!!!

Playing Wilford down the road may be a good idea. It may keep other players fresher, but if he cant catch or play special teams what is the point. Armando is he really that bad ?? I remember hearing him say in an interview pre-season that he, 'considered himself the go-to guy on this team. I didn't hear the other big themselves up like he did, so is arrogance a problem as well ? He seems to a cry baby type of WR, which we just dont need

Good for Camarillo. In an age where money gets thrown at potential instead of production, it's great when a guy earns it. He deserves every paycheck he gets.

Sweeping the Patriots would be better than anything Santa would bring :)

Whats the deal with Wilford. He can't even play special teams? How could you get paid that kind of money in the off-season and get beat out by three undrafted wide receivers? I haven't even seen him since he did all those interviews in training camp. It's embarrassing. I wish I got paid millions to practice. Same for Hagan who couldn't even stay on the team. On the other side it's great for guys like Camarillo and Bess who play with a chip on their shoulder for not being drafted.

I kind of got used to my Dolphins losing over the past couple of years. It is so nice to really care again about my Sundays. Go FINS. Sweep the PATSY's.

Sparano's philosophy, while interesting, reminds me a little bit too much of the old coach of the Soviet national hockey team who used to say that he only judged his players by how they performed in practice - never by how they performed on the ice. The Soviet team was great at beating up amateurs in world hockey tournaments, but when it came down to important contests with Canadian professionals, they usually choked and lost the big game.

Armando, I think you suck.

Armando, I'm glad you have a thick skin. It never ceases to amuse me the way some people on this blog are so hyper jealous of you that they have to resort to your denigration.

Keep doing the job you are doing, every blog you do has insights into this team that none of the naysayers would ever be able to shine a light on because let's face it, what ACCESS do these prevaricators have to the sources such as you do?

There are a lot of armchair experts out there, thank God they have no say in how the Dolphins franchise is handling its affairs.

Armando, I'm glad you have a thick skin. It never ceases to amuse me the way some people on this blog are so hyper jealous of you that they have to resort to your denigration.

Keep doing the job you are doing, every blog you do has insights into this team that none of the naysayers would ever be able to shine a light on because let's face it, what ACCESS do these prevaricators have to the sources such as you do?

There are a lot of armchair experts out there, thank God they have no say in how the Dolphins franchise is handling its affairs.

Mando,

What is up with Wilford?? He hasn't played all year. I hear he's great, then I hear he's eh, so which is it? Obviously Sparano doesn't like something about him, so why not just cut ties with him??

Hey Fins, Keep working hard on those special teams, and keep your defense, especially pass defense, sharp. Offensive line, protect Pennington and he will bring you to 7-4.

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