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News & nuggets at Sparano breakfast [Update 7]

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Just had breakfast with Tony Sparano.

I had the scrambled eggs and bacon and bagel with cream cheese and home fries.

He had oatmeal.

And he and I and about 10 other reporters talked Dolphins football. Some highlights:

Sparano confirmed my report in today's Miami Herald that Chad Henne will be getting a lot of playing time in the coming preseason and, is in fact, the future of the franchise at QB. [Update 5: "We want to get Henne as much work right now as we can get him, in the spring, as we get on in these OTAs and in preseason," he said. "That's our time to find out. That really is ... He'll play a lot. We'd like to see him a lot in the preseason."]

You might ask why all this love for Henne one year after Pennington had a stellar season? Why this eagerness to get him ready? Here's the most telling quote that should make you drool at the possibilities of a Miami passing game with Henne at the helm: "With him you see the ball jump off his hand," Sparano said.

Sparano mentioned John Beck as an afterthought almost. "It'll be tough to get John work," the coach said. Said he's in a tough situation and that his first worry should be competing with Henne. I think Beck's first worry should be getting traded. He is definitely available.

Sparano said the team will use recently acquired defensive lineman Tony McDaniel as a defensive end to start with, not a nose tackle. That can change later on. The nose tackle spot is manned by Jason Ferguson and Sparano included Joe Cohen and Paul Soliai as players who will get a chance to play there also.

Sparano made no secret of the fact the Dolphins are desperately looking for pass rush. Obviously that is an area that will be addressed in the draft, but Sparano said there are some players on the roster that intrigue him in that regard. They are Charlie Anderson, Derek Cameron Wake, Matt Roth and Erik Walden.

Sparano called newly acquired cornerback Eric Green a guy, "with something to prove." Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

[Update 2: Sparano said injured receiver Greg Camarillo and injured left guard Justin Smiley, "right now they're both doing really well," in the rehab. But he would not say if they will be ready to participate in the team's strength and conditioning program that begins March 30 or in OTA or minicamps.

[Update 3: Unlike some of you, Sparano has no question new starting center Jake Grove will be an upgrade over Samson Satele. Although Grove has struggled to stay on the field because of injuries and really isn't that much different in height and weight than the departed Satele, the coach is confident Grove will be there for games and will stronger at the point of attack against AFC East nose tackes: "We've done our due diligence with the whole thing, obviously," Sparano said. "Jeff and Bill have done a tremendous job of getting into the background of all these guys we've brought here. I don't think that was really a concern of ours at the time. It certainly isn't.

"When you talk to people about Jake and his strength totals and the way he works in the weight room, you certainly get the picture. From our end, our offseason program is something that is important to us and Jake's there on campus right now. He's involved in lifting right now and the program hasn't even started. So we feel like that's something that helped an awful lot of our players last year."

[Update 4: Sparano, a former offensive line coach, cannot hide his like for the offensive line situation. "One of the things, first of all, is these guys have to get healthy," he said. "That's not completely done yet. Guys like Donald Thomas and those kind of guys are a lot further along. So that's good to see. I just feel like in our division, your core, the inside three players, and having Jake Long and Vernon Carey now for a long time, that kind of solidifies an area a lot of these teams are still looking to find. They're all looking for tackles.

"But the core, having to play against [Kris] Jenkins, [Marcus] Stroud, [Vince] Wilfork, that group has to be physically strong enough, physically tough enough to do the things they need to do. I think that's the group, when you look at it, that needs to come along. Justin [Smiley] was playing better when he got injured. We make a move and have Jake Grove in there and that's an opportunity to upgrade that position. Then at the same time, you get Donald Thomas back and now you have [Shawn] Murphy, now you have [Andy] Alleman, and now you got guys that are providing some competition with Joe Berger. That will be a good problem for us."

Sparano said he looks for Ronnie Brown to "take the next step in his progression," now that he's 17 months removed from his knee surgery and has a healthy season to his credit.

[Update 1: On a none-breakfast-with-Tony-front: The NFL announced the top 25 players receiving performanced-based pay based on their playing time and their salary level. The Dolphins had two players that picked up a small fortune based on their playing time. Starting right guard Ikechuku Ndukwe collected $266,912 on top of his regular salary while tight end Anthony Fasano got an extra $252,901 above his regular salary based on his high playing time. Ndukwe ranked 17th among the 25 players collecting most from the program. Fasano was 24th. Beer is on them!]

[Update 6: Sparano said receiver Ernest Wilford will come to camp with the Dolphins, barring a sudden decision by some other team to trade for him, which is unlikely but you never say never. "The plan for Ernest right now will be that he will be in training camp and competing and doing those things," Sparano said. 

That Wilford will go to camp, of course, is obvious and any child could figure that out. What you will read only here is the fact Wilford is available in trade for any team interested. The problem for the Dolphins is his bonus would accelerate but that's another matter. If Wilford somehow muddles through camp and makes the team at the last cut, he still might be a candidate for a pay cut, depending on whether the Dolphins can work the timing correctly. It's going to be a loooong road back from 2008 for Wilford.]

[Update 7: The NFL has released its complete draft order and per this, Miami's "undisclosed" seventh rounder to Jacksonville in the Tony McDaniel trade is No. 232, or the second of the three seventh-round picks Miami had before the trade. The Dolphins also have pick No. 214 and pick No. 237, which are both in the seventh round. No. 232 was Miami's own pick as 214 comes from Cleveland and 237 is from Carolina.]

I'll have more later after I transcribe the entire session. So please check back later. I'll be updating about once every 15-30 minutes.


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I have to keep my comments short because I am taking far too much time away from work.

Let me just say this: Anybody who says "Fixed News" for Fox News is akin to faux intellectuals who like to toss around the term "bourgeousie." They are pathetic, left wing boors, who if ever in power (as now) invariably make life worse for the common people that they claim to represent and be on the side of.

One last thing about Keith Olbermann - say what you want about O'Reilly and Hannity, but they have guests on their show with whom they actually disagree. I watch Olbermann's show and am deeply disappointed by the regularity of guests who merely parrot what he says. If he is so confident of his own imbecilic beliefs, why does he not choose to actually confront people with whom he disagrees?

Now, please, I know how interesting this all is, but let me get back to work.

Nathaniel.....Hannity and O'Rielly they both book the most dumb people that they disagree with them alright and they always champion the easy causes that dosen't need any brain cells then they tell you to go to their web site to buy a tie and dumb book.

I had breakfast there too- the buffet. Was that you or Sparano in the next stall. I'd appreciate a courtesy flush next time. Pew, man.

Tom O . What do you watch ? CNN ( Clinton NEWS NETWORK ) Or that Looney Left Wing Channel Also known as MSNBC. LOL . Lay Off the kool-aid and stick to dolphin football.

No you suck. You're a moot point. rstolley dotcom rules

Nathaniel, i've often wondered the same thing.. but then again would you go on air with that guy?? he is insane and also has the biggest head in the northern hemisphere..I'm wondering when they'll have to close off Broadway and west 47th to get his head in the studio. e.g Macy's thanksgiving day parade.. it's only a matter of time that at 7:21 pm they'll have to block off that avenue just to get that giant cranium into the studio to get him on set at 8:00

I think he's related to Chad ( size 96 neck ) Henne, though i have no scientific facts to collaborate this..

Allright Potsie, I'm done after this too but..

Your first paragraph is typical neocon jabber...just throw out all the party line junk you have rather than talk issues...never mind the neocons CLEARLY got us into this mess!!!

Second, I agree about Olberman...it's boring to watch his interviews...FIXED News is better entertainment I suppose, they are the godfathers of the split screen talking head debates that many american cable news junkies now love..

Let's not pretend it's an actual debate though, the game is rigged...ORielly and Hannity talk over their guests and never have anyone that is articulate and a good debater on the other side. (Even in your brainwashed mind, you cannot say that no one on the left can debate or is articulate)...but that's exactly what FIXED is trying to convey to the uneducated public...it's like a friggin Harlem Globtrotters game every night....and they try to pass it off as Fair an balanced...that's the crime.. to be fair, MSNCBC is their counterpart on the other side but none of that is news and my ORIGINAL point is that if you list FIXED as one of your top TV programs, then it says a lot about your intellect...

and to think, I just gave you Sally Struthers in Five easy Pieces to beat off to...

Back to Fins talk

"Bend don't break"

The correct spelling is Tom Olivadotti.

And I've seen Jack nail Sally. Ironically, in the TV movie about Martin Luther King's life - starring the wonderful and underappreciated Paul Winfield - they used sound effects from Jack doing Sally when the FBI is playing back secret wiretaps of King having sex with white women.

I have to go now, Mr. Olivadotti. Fixed News is doing another program on the ever so gauche bourgeousie, and I don't want to miss it.

Good News. New Marlins Stadium approved. No more Dirt Infield.

Did you post Update 4 on a cell phone or something? Tons of spelling and grammar to correct. Just pointing it out for ya.

Adam S, you're the type of guy that asks a girl offering to blow him if she's brushed her teeth beforehand.

Armando is kicking butt and taking names and you're moaning about commas and periods? Turd.

Nice observation tom, could'nt agree more.Both use the media to advance there agenda's whatever they may be..they both have points, unfortunately so do arrows... but Dave letterman was right about Keith Olbermann he does have the biggest head in the world.. agree or disagree??

Neil Cavuto of fox noise has bigger head.BTW which head you talking about?

REX, talking about the upper head,lol....Good one

i didn't ask for your comment freak

i forgot ,i am sure cuban your head smaller than an egg

Rex, i was talking about the large cranium of k. ollbermann that's why i answered your Question and extended an olive branch to you, but if you dont want an olive branch the battle will continue...What are your thoughts??

Softball ( or no balz ) with Chris matthews also has a giant head . And watch out that giant head spits .

"and now you have [Shawn] Murphy"

Do we really Tony? Wasn't even sure you know his name...but glad to see you throw him into the conversation.

How long until they finish that stadium for the marlins???? I can't wait to get that damn infield out of DOLPHIN stadium!

Wow, Mando. Now THAT is what I call Dolphins IN DEPTH! Excellent reporting today and always.

Can't wait for Henne to get in there.

Hey dudes,

Just a question, is anyone going to talk football today?

You are soooo kicking our butts. Can you please close down the sportswriting clinic for a day or two and give us a chance to recover from our wounds?

STOOOP!! My head is spinning! What are you people talking about!?? Family Guy, Peter's Tool, Sophia's balls... I thought this was a football blog?? Oh...by the way...to Chris J Nelson...whooo,iiis,yooo,DADDY?!! Thaaats right!

Hey Mando. You should of asked Coach Sparano what the hell he's talking about saying that Anderson, Cameron, Roth and Walden are intriguing. I'd argue that their way past the point of intriguing. They've been given opportunities, tried out, evaluated, poked, probed, and disected. He should know by now! Now Wake...on the other hand, is intriguing!

Armando great stuff. I was going to comment but got caught reading some of the posts on the first page and by the time I got through the 12th post that had nothing to do with the article (or even football for that matter) I gave up. If no one is talking about your entry I don't really see a point in posting anything. I'm really not interested in adding to the conversation that was going on and if I talked about the subject I would be in the minority. No biggy guys, you're obviously allowed to talk about whatever you want. It just pains me that this has turned into an AOL chat room. But to each his own, have fun boys and girls, can't wait for the draft.


thats funny, you didn't say anything about football or the dolphins in your long, boring post. If you don't see the point in posting anything, why do you post that crap?

I think Chad Henne is the Franchise Qb of the future for the dolphins, but if Pennington has another good year (or an even better year), you can't just say that Henne is automatically the starter for 2010. I think Henne will be a great starter eventually, but I also think that the fins should extend Pennington's contract for after 2009 whether he is on as a backup or starter.

Is Nathaniel Dodsworth....well...you knooow??

Luggi & Nathaniel<
The spelling is VIAGRA not Vigra...Before you try to be clever, learn how to spell dumbasses!

Puzzled, not that there's anything wrong with that....

Hey Rex Ryan Sucks,

Your mom told me she is looking for you. Please go home>


Buffalo Bill Cody was the person that the team was named after. I hope Golfito can now rest.


Soulja , good point about NYscott .

Fishboy commented:

"Luggi & Nathaniel<
The spelling is VIAGRA not Vigra...Before you try to be clever, learn how to spell dumbasses!"

Ahem. You will note that I earlier on wrote the following:

"I do not need to use Vigra[sic] ..."

"sic" denotes an incorrect spelling of a word. My use of "vigra [sic]" was my denoting that Luggi had earlier spelled the word "Viagra" wrong.

I can only assume from your comment, Fishboy, that you are terribly educated, terribly ignorant and unable to survive outside of salt water.

By the way, I'd like to add to my earlier list:

Raquel Welch 12
Morgan Fairchild 8
Stefanie Powers 7

Nathanial, I noticed 1 name missing from the "plesure list" FARRAH FAWCET... she's hot, and speaking about hot, how about the perfect "10" Bo Derrick???

Nathanial, I noticed 1 name missing from the "plesure list" FARRAH FAWCET... she's hot, and speaking about hot, how about the perfect "10" Bo Derrick???

Nathanial, I noticed 1 name missing from the "plesure list" FARRAH FAWCET... she's hot, and speaking about hot, how about the perfect "10" Bo Derrick???

I think Miami would benefit from playing Henne in games where Ginn might prove more of a force in terms of the matchup. I like Pennington but he just can't stretch the offense. I think they both should play this year depending on the matchups.


David M

Where would Beck be traded too? His best option is to prepare to play well if, due to unforseen circumstances, he gets the opportunity in Miami. Miami has a solid O-line, two solid RBs, a good TE, and scrappy WRs. I don't see him getting traded to a better offense (let alone as a starter) so he may as well stay a backup on a good team he has experience with. When he gets his chance he can make his case with the 3-5 quarters he gets.

When we saw Beck play before, that O-line didn't block for him. And just cause Cam Cameron didn't build a good coaching staff to get Beck ready doesn't mean Beck can't be prepared by the current regime.

Bad,bad,bad This blog has gone to the toilet

Its not all bad on this blog but there are others that are better, and some even stick to the story like Armando's breakfast with coach Sparano...well maybe not!

It does seem like Beck will be on his way out along with a few others from the Cam Cameron regime. You just have to trust the system and Parcells and company they know what their doing.

Ndukwe made $266,000 because Thomas got hurt.......man, I wish I were big enough to play in the NFL.

Nate is old. He's trying to cover his gaff, but the hot white T-shirt scene with Struthers in Five Easy Pieces was almost 30 years ago. That makes him at least around 55. O'Toole should have won it for Lawrence of Arabia, the best movie ever made. Lastly, Armando's recital of his breakfast sounded like he was going to tweet. I love tweeters.


Please tell us what Tony Sporano had for breakfast today. Oatmeal or Toast? Coffee or orange juice? I just have to know, you've got me hooked. Its way more interesting than the other non-news coming from the dolphins.

I'm not worried about what the Tuna had for breakfast. I'm sure it was something with a name like the "Hungry-Man Special" or the twelve egg omelet with a wedge of cheddar and slice of bacon with home fries, grits, sausage links, toast, jelly, and hash browns, all served on top of buttermilk biscuits with a generous helping of gravy poured over everything to helo wash it down.

P.S. In Golfito we eat fruit or eggs with gallo pinto for breakfast

Do you eat cake in Golfito ?

we eat tres leches cake or rum cake in Golfito, but we're talking about breakfast here.

in mexico people eat beans and beef for breakfast so to eat cake for breakfast is not that strange but do you have oatmeal in Golfito?

Golfito, do you know how to cook scrambled eggs?

1) Fat
2) A Democrat
3) Boring

1) I'm 41 years old.

1) Gwen Stefani
2) Scarlett Johanssen (not ugly, but not great).

Nathaniel.....if you watched "all in the family" to the point that you are pointing out Sally from that show as very pretty then there's no way on earth you are 41 years old but 61 years+Viagra.It's Oky I forgive you.

1) I am 61 years old.
2) Sally Struthers got kind of fat, and I can't remember how she looked in the good old days.
3) Luggi can't spell and his sentences don't parse. Nothing is more flaccid-inducing than a poorly crafted sentence.

What happened to the good ol' days when this blog was ABOUT something?

Nathaniel....your sense of humor and your Pretty way of writing and coming up always with unexpected sentences makes you 30 years old and turning me into a believer in most things nathaniel.

I've never seen so much off-topic foolishness on this blog. Must be the offseason.

Luggi, what can I say? Popularity is a curse. Just ask Cuban Menace.

david...........how much can we talk football all the time without any kind of real football news????????????????


Yes we do have oats and oatmeal in Golfito, but it is not very popular (unless you are a horse) . I would guess that this is due to the extreme heat and humidity of the central american jungle.


Of course I know how to scramble an egg. What kind of idiot doesn't know how to scramble an egg? Do you think we have no frying pans or spatulas in Golfito.

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