The Dolphins have begun their preparation for the Baltimore Ravens playoff game with a morning practice and I can tell tight end David Martin and defensive end Randy Starks are not working with the rest of the team.
Both players were off to the side as the rest of the team was practicing.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington is having a very good day today. He has been voted Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press.
Pennington threw 10 TDs and 9 INTs in 2007 and lost his starting job with the New York Jets. This year he threw 19 TDs and 7 INTs in leading Miami to the playoffs as the Dolphins starter. Pennington also won the award in 2006.
Pennington has also been named AFC Offensive player of the week for his game against the New York Jets. Pennington completed 22 of 30 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating was 113.2 in Miami's most important game of the season.
Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is from ... The U ... spoke to the Miami media today.
I asked Lewis to describe the Baltimore Ravens' No. 2 rated defense.
"Physical," Lewis said. "We play very physical and we have a lot of interchangeable pieces and that's the beauty of [defensive coordinator] Rex Ryan having the personality he does. There's a lot of flexibility in our defense. You can't pick out this or that. You really have to study to deal with it. So it's a physical defense, complex and flexible."
I asked Lewis if any part of that defense's success comes from playing angry.
"Always. Always," he responded. "That's the only way you can play defense. Anybody that tells you they don't play defense angry, they ain't playing defense."
The Baltimore defense was really the first team this season that stuffed Miami's wildcat package. The Ravens limited Miami to four yards on five rushes in the wildcat.
"The only thing is, really, when you slow down film and look at things, we play one way and that's every man to the football," Lewis said. "Whether [the Dolphins] were confusing [teams] or not, there were huge holes. We didn't give them those holes. They can confuse you but if we play our defense, we like to see how it comes out in the end."
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