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Sparano's take on Tuesday's OTA workout

Coach Tony Sparano just finished his post-practice presser with the media and we are more intelligent as a result.

By the way, I love this guy! Everytime he talks, I learn something.

But I digress. As you read in the previous post, I hope, Matt Roth has been a big topic of conversation today. Check out the previous post to find out about his injury status following groin surgery three months ago.

Sparano said Roth has come a long way from last season. "His recognition of coverages and formations is outstanding," Sparano said. It has become so good, the coach said, that Roth is now reacting instinctively rather than thinking.

As a result, Roth is concentrating on his "punch" and "hand placement," which should get better this year. Roth will be the starting strongside linebacker unless something unforeseen happens.

Another player that is impressing coaches is Ted Ginn Jr. You know I wrote my Sunday column about the Dolphins search for a No. 1 receiver. I wrote Ginn has to become that guy. Some of you said the Dolphins don't need a No. 1 receiver to be effective.

And Sparano disagrees with you.

"It's important to me to have a clear No. 1 receiver," Sparano said. "... I'd like to find a clear No. 1 guy that I'm comfortable with and Chad [Pennington] is comfortable with that can come up with the big play."

And Ginn, I am convinced, continues to be the most likely candidate to be that guy because he is opening some eyes with his improvement this offseason -- improvement that is at or near the top of his class.

"Ted Ginn right now, if you said to me, 'Tell the me the player that in the seven or eight practices we've had has impressed you the most,' Ted Ginn is in the top two right now," Sparano said. "The way he's handling himself out there and the way the offense has started to slow down for him that way. I've seen him in some situations be pretty dominant."

Ted Ginn as "dominant." That is a welcome sentence for Dolphins fans.

"I've been impressed with what Ted Ginn has done," said Sparano, who declined to name the other player in his top two.

Guard Andy Alleman, who has missed practically all the OTA practices, continues to struggle with what Sparano called a sore back. "We can't get it comfortable enough for him to go out there do football things right now," the coach said.

On the quarterback front, look for colleague Jeff Darlington's interesting piece on an Internet Chad Pennington imposter coming in the next few hours online and in Wednesday's Miami Herald. And on the Chad Henne front, look for more good things said about Miami's current backup and future starter.

Sparano says he continues to see faster decision-making and clearer identification from Henne, who showed up to begin offseason work in the weight room and film room about six weeks before the rest of the players.

"Mentally, he's done a lot of work," Sparano said.

I told you in the previous post that rookie cornerback Sean Smith has jumped up to first-team work today. He apparently earned that status with his work in previous practice sessions. One interesting thing is Dolphins coaches didn't inform the rookie he was working with the first unit until just prior to the start of practice.

"First of all, we wanted to not give him too much time to think about the whole thing," Sparano said. "We just put him there this morning and told him he'd get reps with the first group.

"He's been getting better and better each practice. Had a real good practice yesterday. As he starts to progess we wanted to see him versus better people."

Finally, you should know the Dallas Cowboys have cut ties with OLB Greg Ellis. The player Bill Parcells converted from a defensive end to a linebacker is now a free agent and you'll likely hear speculation linking him to the Dolphins. Don't buy into it, as a source tells me he simply doesn't fit from a salary cap and depth chart standpoint.

Ellis, 33, will want somewhere between $2-$4 million per season from his next team. The Dolphins don't have that kind of space to spend on the OLB position, particularly with Roth still unsigned for the 2010 season. They also have half a dozen OLB types already on the roster, with all but two of those under the age of 30.

That doesn't totally shut the door on Ellis in Miami. But just about.

[BLOG NOTE: Be sure to click on the previous blog entery that tells you some of the things that happened during Tuesday's work on the field. And be certain to answer the question at the end of that post.]

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Gopats:

What are u doing on this blog?! You are supposed to be filming the Phins' OTAs! Now get back to work you no good miscreant and get that film to me!! The drop point is the same as last weeks.

P.S. I bought a thesauras and learned a new word today. Oh goody for me!

ace, are you talking to yourself still ?

Remember Ted Ginn was in his first year as a full time receiver and in a new offense last year... Under Cam Cameron he was more of a special teams guy... Look, the guy was definitely picked higher than he should of been, he still has alot to prove, but that doesn't mean he can't be a good player...

Ginn showed improvement throughout the season last year, especially after Camarillo went down... He had a huge game against the Bills (175 yards) and then was a critical player in the wins over Oakland and Seattle.. But I think his best performances against KC and The Jets, showed that he can be a clutch player... These were the games that the Dolphins needed to win the most, and thats when Ginn stepped up... Whether it was going over the middle in the super cold game in KC or catching td's and long throws against the Jets, Ginn came through when it counted last year...

He is nowhere near being one of the premier receivers in the league, but Ginn has been steadily improving and could have a big year in 09...

I am happy too hear the coach praising Ginn....I am also happy with what they did in the draft Vontae Davis,Sean Smith,Patrick Turner,and Pat White....I believe that they have picked 4 impact players here and cant wait to see them in game time situations...I will admit I was hoping for the Hakeem Nicks pick,but they adressed that in P.Turner

Hey Mando...I would love to go see an OTA or mini camp during the the week of June 29 to July 3 any info on those schedules?

ive said it b4 ginn is a joey galloway clone fast good hands jumping skills. taking big hits isn't part of his game but he is tougher than some think. i do believe it was ginn who converted miami s first third and long last season after everyone said pennington couldn't throw hard enough or ginn could make the clutch catch.

well let me rephrase this ...I am hoping that P.Turner can turn into a great compliment reciever to T.Ginn and D.Bess..I am a Ginn supporter...and what is up pat white jersey available on nflshop.com where the other rookies that might be good also

sammo, get on the wagon before it leaves

james - how much is a pat white jersey on nflshop.com? do they have a sale - buy one get on free?

80 bucks ... I think I will stick with my older jerseys thomas,taylor,mcduffie,and marino ... i do want to update but i would hope not to be called a bandwagoner...cause i did go waste some money on that peice of crap eric green jersey from 93 I am still waiting for my refund lol

Ginn is still a dope on a rope until he proves himself in a real game. If he can string together a few games of at least 75% the caliber of his outstanding Buffalo game (against a broken CB, but what the hey) then I will begin to believe. I think he is a number two at best. In the Fins system he plays well enough to be a "#1." But mostly because everyone else is basically a possession guy. The only reason Ginn stands out amongst this crop is his speed. He is still a wuss in my book.

The Buffalo game showed he has the ability to be a solid receiver and is able to find his testicles (thereafter he shoved them back up into his body). If he can truly amp it up in a real game at real speed with people around him who want to take his head off... then he can be called a #1 - but not on a team with a receiver like Fitz, Marshall or Moss - just in an average receiving corps. I won't even rag on him for running out of bounds to protect his skinny self - as long as he's not giving up yards to do it.

80 bucks my foot , not even tom brady jersey is 80 bucks.i rather spend it for my weekly beer

bandwagons, ha! pats so called fans got some stones, there were no patriots fans before "2000". for you all to bag on us true dolphin followers that sat year after year praying that the great dan marino might get it done with a mismatched cluster f@#* of a team, still producing 12 win season's,yet never lost hope. we'll see when your precious brady era is over, and belicheck's cheating days are over, and the wheels fall off that gay wagon, we will see who's still screaming pats then. lay off.

Dolphins Notebook: "The other player? Outside linebacker Matt Roth."

While am not sure how valid a claim that is, it seems like a good guess.

Well put Jaksin. totally agree with you. Oh uh now they will think that I am you. Sorry about that dude. You know how crazy gopats and the menace are.

ace, i hear ya. what can you do. if your real you know whats up.

Mando.
Is it true Bill Parcels likes to pronounce Jimmy Buffet's last name,"bufay?" Mmmmm,bufaaay.

bufaay, you funny menace

All this just makes me want the season to start already. But my only question is how the dude who came from Canada is doing? I mean he looks like a freak of nature and was great in the CFL so I'm hoping he will adjust well in the NFL.

I am one of those people that does not believe that a number 1 is a must if you have a solid receiving corps. It is nice to have a Fitzgereld, Boldin, Moss,Owens, or Plax but there is no replacement for the guys like Welker, Camirillo, Schraders, and others of this ilk that get the hard yards and take the hits. With that being said I have always felt that Ginn got bashed from the media, fans, and enemies unfairly. Recievers usually show up in their 3rd year. To judge Ginn on his rookie season, as most people did, with a bad O line and np passing game was a bit unfair. Last season the line was beat up early, the team had not been playing togather long,and the system was new for Ginn. There was no consistancy on the team from year to year so it is hard to expect a young player to show a lot in that situation.

Bess, Ginn, and Camarillo could all turn into #1 recievers in this league. I think Bess will, at some point, surpass Ginn but both will be solid.

Some of you said the Dolphins don't need a No. 1 receiver to be effective. And Sparano disagrees with you.

... is a poor way to describe it.
It's self serving and manipulative and I'm sure the question wasn't asked that way. The question was probably 'would you like to have a #1 WR' and of course the answer is obvious. Who wouldn't? If it was asked that way, Sparano misunderstood or he is wrong.

Were the Dolphins effective last season?
Have many teams been effective without a superstar WR?
How important is it? is the question.

Is finding a #1 RG more important?

I think a better way to describe it would have been:
Some of you believe a #1 WR is not as important as other things.

Now let's see what coach says.

Everyone wants a #1 everything but the Dolphins are not going to trade draft picks for Boldin or Edwards.

Dont worry about Ted Ginn, she will be o.k.

Ok Kids , the menace is on line. shoot the Qs at the cuban , and see what happens.

a loco ive been a dolphins fan for most of my life . miami was the first football team i watched play . been bleeding aqua an orange since '86 so get off my nutz! obviously your not a dolphins fan or you would see ive always stuck up for ginn on this blog. go back to your jets bills rams or raiders site.

sammo. you have a question ? i see you up on the wagon,it's getting crowded .

Ginn continues to get the bad rap because of where he was drafted. While I agree based on his draft position he should be a top performer; you can't blame him that he was drafted that high. We should be blaming the former management as Ginn should not have been drafted in the top 10.

Now I think what’s most important is what Armando said; he continues to improve.

In fact, the question asked of Tony Sparano relative to the No. 1 receiver was, do you believe it's important to have a No. 1 receiver by the time you get to training camp?

His unabridged answer:

“It’s important to me to have a clear number one receiver but honestly there’s a long time between now and the time we play so when you say training camp I’m assuming you mean the big training camp down the road. At that point yeah, I’d like to find a number one guy -- a clear number one guy that Chad (Pennington) feels comfortable with and that I feel comfortable with that’s going to be able to come up with the big play in those kind of situations. But I like our receiving group right now. I really do. I think there’s some, and I said this before, I think there are several contenders there right now to be a number one guy but there’s an awful lot of football ahead of here and there’s an awful lot of opportunity out there for some of these guys to show us that they can do that.”

That should end Mr. Lacock's speculation about manipulation or how the question was asked.

fantastic news on Ginn!! looking forward to seeing him make big plays this years.

GO FINNSS!!!


"In fact, the question asked of Tony Sparano relative to the No. 1 receiver was, do you believe it's important to have a No. 1 receiver by the time you get to training camp?

His unabridged answer:

“It’s important to me to have a clear number one receiver but honestly there’s a long time between now and the time we play so when you say training camp I’m assuming you mean the big training camp down the road. At that point yeah, I’d like to find a number one guy -- a clear number one guy that Chad (Pennington) feels comfortable with and that I feel comfortable with that’s going to be able to come up with the big play in those kind of situations. But I like our receiving group right now. I really do. I think there’s some, and I said this before, I think there are several contenders there right now to be a number one guy but there’s an awful lot of football ahead of here and there’s an awful lot of opportunity out there for some of these guys to show us that they can do that.”

That should end Mr. Lacock's speculation about manipulation or how the question was asked."

Excellent Mando,

Would like to see more of the same (what the coach "actually" said instead of a condensed interpretation ) !

yeah loco i got a question whats your problem? ive never said squat to you or about u but yet you run off at the mouth. bad karma has a way of coming back around .

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